Editing the Literary Journal

This course provides hands-on experience with the editorial and managerial processes involved in publishing a literary journal. Students will study successful journals and basic reference guides to determine criteria for success. Working with the instructor and various section editors, students will solicit, evaluate, and select submissions, communicate with contributors about editorial decisions, determine the layout and design of the journal, and distribute the journal. They will become knowledgeable about the funding mechanisms for literary journals, and they will work within the constraints of a budget. Because the syllabus complies with a standard publishing process for literary journals that extends throughout the academic year, contact hours are distributed over two semesters.