How to Submit to Literary Journals Master Class


In this master class, we'll demystify the process of submitting to literary journals. Participants will learn how to approach the submission process and discover new journals, write cover letters and capsule biographies, keep track of submissions, follow up on rejection letters, and more.

This is a two-day master class for writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and literary translation) who wish to be more strategic and effective in their approach to literary publication. Sample literary journals and other resources will be provided.

Kathleen Heil has been successfully navigating the slush pile for over a decade. Her poems, stories, essays, and translations appear in The New Yorker, Fence, The Guardian, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, The Threepenny Review, and dozens of other literary journals and magazines. More at



Two-day seminar.

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Cost: €100.




Best in the business...

“The instructors at the Berlin Writers' Workshop are among the best in the business: brilliant writers, thorough editors, thoughtful teachers, and insightful critics. That all this literary talent has descended on Berlin is tremendously exciting.”

— Carmen Maria Machado, author, Her Body and Other Parties

Impassioned and insightful...

"Ben Mauk is an impassioned and supremely insightful reader. His smart and attentive takes on my stories always left me with a clearer, more confident sense of my own strengths as a writer and helped me understand the collection I was building."

— Mark Mayer, author, The Aerialists

Enormously helpful...

"Whether offering me practical guidance about how to restructure a story, recommending a book or essay that I might find useful, or simply encouraging me to keep going, their intelligence and mentorship have helped me and my writing enormously."

— Ariel Lewiton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Sarabande Books


Student review:

"The Berlin Writers' Workshop is exactly what Berlin has been in need of. Our workshop was brilliantly informative without feeling like a lecture, and our tutor was very supportive."

— Kate

Student review:

The How to Pitch Editors class was fantastic. I gained insights into how to transition to writing for magazines, including crafting stronger pitches. Ben's thoughtful (and humorous) instruction and real world examples of what pitches do/do not work were exactly what I needed to take my nonfiction writing to the next level.

— Caitlin

Student review:

Ben was extremely helpful and informative on all subjects, and I appreciated that he brought real pitches from real work experiences. The environment was professional but not so advanced that I felt intimidated. All in all, it was super helpful.



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