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Lit Mag Love Course

How to publish your writing in literary journals.

Next Session: November 10–December 15, 2020

A Five-Week Guided Course

Get a big “YES” for your writing from literary journals you love. ​Learn how to submit writing more effectively and to kick-start your writing career​​, while you find and connect with your readers.

LitMagLove Course

Not having much luck publishing in lit mags?

Does this sound familiar?

  • You feel overwhelmed about sending your writing to journals. (Some of it has been languishing in drawers for years!)

  • You submit to lit mags, but get frustrated with the long waits, followed by the heartbreaking sting of rejection. (What do editors want!?)

  • You wish you could find a community of writers to support you and your dreams of getting published.
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Publish & Shine!

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after Lit Mag Love...

  • Know the steps you must take to publish your work—and take those steps!
  • Get a big “YES” for your writing from a dream journal—​and then another, and another.
  • Have a warm community of writers at your fingertips, with helpful advice and support when you need it.

      If you are ready to set some big goals for your writing this year, I’m here to help you reach them.

    Rachel Thompson

    Hi, I'm rachel Thompson

    I am a literary magazine editor (with Room), a published author, and the host of the Lit Mag Love Podcast (For Creative Writers Who Want to Publish). 

    I am here to help ​you publish​ your ​most luminous work.

    Lit Mags Published

    Course Alumni Have Published in Over 200 Journals and Anthologies!

    Click for a partial list of Journals my students have published with after taking the Lit Mag love course...


    50 Word Stories

    Angry Old Man Magazine  

    Anti-Heroin Chic

    Apparition Literary Magazine

    Askance Journal

    Atlas and Alice

    Augur Magazine

    Automata Review

    Baltimore Review

    Barren Magazine

    Belletrist Magazine

    Better Than Starbucks

    Black Dandy

    Blank Spaces Magazine

    Broken Pencil



    carte blanche

    Carve Literary Magazine



    Chaudiere Books

    Cleaver Magazine


    Cold Creek Review

    Contemporary Verse 2

    Contrary Magazine

    County Lines: A Literary Journal

    Crab Fat Magazine

    Crack The Spine


    Cypress: A Poetry Journal

    Dappled Things

    Door is a Jar Magazine

    Drunk Monkeys


    Escape Pod’s Artemis Rising 4


    EVENT Magazine

    Filling Station

    Flash Fiction Magazine

    Forge Magazine

    Freeze Frame Fiction

    Fustion Fragment

    Geez Magazine


    Glint Literary Journal

    Gone Lawn

    Grain Magazine

    Hamilton Arts & Letters

    Hart House Review

    Hippocampus Magazine


    Humber Lit Review

    Imprint Anthology

    In/Words Magazine



    Journal of Compressed Arts

    Joyland Magazine

    Juncture Workshops

    Kissing Dynamite Poetry

    Light and Dark Magazine

    Literary Mama

    Little Fiction Big Truths

    LooseLeaf Magazine

    Madcap Review


    Marías at Sampaguitas

    Memoir Magazine

    Minola Review

    Nailed Magazine

    Neworld Review

    OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L)  

    Oyster River Pages

    Panorama Journal

    Plenitude Magazine

    Porcupine Literary

    Prairie Fire

    PRISM international

    ProximityPseudoPodPulp Literature

    QWF Writes

    Red Alder Review

    Red Eft Review


    PØST poésie contemporaine


    Riddled With Arrows

    River Teeth Journal


    Rust + Moth

    Sabr Literary Magazine

    Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly


    She Writes Press

    Silver Birch Press​

    Six Hens

    Sky Island Journal

    Small Beer Press Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

    SubTerrain Magazine


    Tales To Terrify

    The /tƐmz/ Review

    The Antigonish Review

    The Arcanist

    The Brevity Blog

    The Cabinet of Heed

    The Common

    The Dalhousie Review

    The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review

    The Ekphrastic Review

    The Feathertale Review

    The Fiddlehead

    The Foundationalist Journal

    The Globe and Mail

    The Loyalhanna Review

    The Lyre

    The Malahat Review

    The Maynard

    The Nasiona

    The New Quarterly

    The Puritan

    The Rumpus

    The Walrus

    The Wicked Library

    The Writer Magazine

    The Writing Disorder

    This Magazine


    Three Drops from a Cauldron

    Tiny Essays

    Train Journal

    ​Understory Magazine

    Unlost Journal

    Vallum Magazine

    Vastarien: A Literary Journal

    Watch Your Head

    Wild Musette Journal



    Lit Mag Love taught me to be more professional in terms of the writing practice. Getting published isn’t just throwing your work into the dark. You have to be strategic about it. I really liked that Lit Mag Love broke it down into specific goals.

    Angela Wright

    Writer, historian, and political analyst

    Lit Mag Love was the impetus I needed to get serious and motivated about my submissions.

    Rachel was a luminous guide offering equal parts gentle prompts and discerning truths.

    Deborah Johnstone

    Pushcart Prize Nominee

    My writing life has exploded since taking the Lit Mag Love course! I’ve had five short stories accepted in the space of a few months (along with some inevitable rejections) and I feel I’m really on the right track. 

    Julia Molloy

    Being part of Lit Mag Love and working with Rachel Thompson transformed my writing by opening avenues to publications, developing community, and furthering my commitment to craft.

    Rachel is a fantastic mentor and I highly recommend this course.

    Rowan McCandless

    Journey Prize Finalist

     I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to publish in literary magazines, but really any writer who is interested in joining a community and honing their craft.

    Heather Ringo

    I think Lit Mag Love is a winner because it gives practical help for those writers who are ready to leap and just don’t know how. Doing this with a group made it “fun” in a way and it didn’t feel as if I were drudging along in my “room of one’s own.”

    Rhonda Mitchell

    Lit Mag Love Student Stories

    How Anne went from months and months of waiting and rejections to having journals fighting to publish her work.

    Anne Falkowski stands in a grassy field. She has light brown medium-length hair and wears beige cat-eye glasses while slightly smiling in the photo.

    “I had a weird thing happen,” Anne’s message opened.

    It turns out, Anne had submitted a piece to ten lit mags and a lower-tier place accepted her work right away. The “weird” thing was when she withdrew from the higher-tier places, two got back to her telling her they were moved by her work and one said they would have published her piece had she not withdrawn it.Getting such positive response all at once from lit mags was not how things were for Anne before she joined Lit Mag Love.

    Anne enrolled in Lit Mag Love because she was frustrated with the submission process. Up to that point, most of her work was getting rejected and she wouldn’t hear back from most literary magazines for many months.

    “Getting published seemed nearly impossible,” Anne said.

    Anne had gone from months and months of waiting—with many rejections—to having journals fighting to publish her work!Lit Mag Love showed her how she had been going at submitting “all wrong.”

    “As soon as I took Rachel’s advice, I started to get acceptance letters in my email. (I just wish I had listened to her about submitting to my tier-one magazines first!)”

    “I highly recommend Rachel’s lit mag publishing course. It really fuels you to get published and makes the process easy. The best thing is you will see results!”

    How Rowan built her writing network with no “writing establishment” connections.

    Rowan has purple-black blunt-cut hair and stares directly at the camera while slightly smiling with a blurred greenery background.

    Rowan McCandless’s self-taught approach to the craft helped her garner some success, including award wins in prestigious journals. 

    “I had some success with pieces that I’d submitted to contests, but I didn’t really know how to develop my network of where I would submit from there,” Rowan says.Rowan joined Lit Mag Love because she lacked a writing network and connections to editors.

    The guest editors who answered her questions in the course helped her do the networking she needed. “Those experiences were so informative,” she says. “They were just like little gifts, little writerly gifts.”“Rachel created this online community of writers where we can meet and talk about our submissions successes and struggles and questions and comments.”


    Since taking Lit Mag Love, Rowan won the Constance Rooke CNF Prize, published with The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and Prairie Fire.

    How Tamara went from the heartbreak of rejection to saying “yes” to her writing.

    Tamara Jong has long, straight black hair and wears a black shirt and brown checked bowtie while standing in front of a painted shop window.

    Before taking Lit Mag Love, Tamara had just heard back from a big MFA program with a big “NO!” (That’s how she says it felt to her. Written in all caps and with an exclamation mark.) 

    This big NO! shook her. She stopped writing for a month, and was “wrapped in a cocoon of self-doubt.” But a little voice inside her still wanted to be a writer. The spark was still alive.Tamara decided to try Lit Mag Love in the hopes of finding her way back to writing.  

    Through Lit Mag Love, Tamara learned to focus on her own motivations for sharing and submitting her writing and to build a plan that suits her true goals for her writing career.She worked with a renewed passion through the lessons, polished up her writing, and started sending out her work with a clear strategy tailored to her aspirations. Tamara shared encouragement with her peers in the Lit Mag Love community, and they shared the same with her. 

    “I had new energy for pieces that I dreaded revising and I submitted more work in a few months than the year before.” Tamara had come back to writing​. While in the course, Tamara decided to apply for another writing program—this time she got a big “YES!”“I would not have been able to do all this if I hadn’t taken the course which helped me be more intentional with my submissions, deal with rejection (because it’s part of the writer’s deal), make some great new supportive writer friends (who totally get the writing ups and downs).”She says my course helped her focus on what really matters—the writing. (So true.)“I am indebted to Rachel and this wonderful course and recommend any of her courses. Rachel is a writer who gets writing.”


    Since taking Lit Mag Love, Tamara has published her writing in the anthology Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers, Room, and Carte Blanche.

    Lit Mag Love Course Details


    Once registered, you will have lifetime access to the lessons, as well as free updated and new lessons. 

    Each video lesson in the course comes with concrete, detailed assignment. You will need to have 3-5 hours available per week of the course session to do the assignment, but you set your own schedule. (You could skip a week and double-up the next, for example.)

    Each week in the course we have office hours where you can come and ask questions live. I set the times for our live calls based upon when the current cohort is available (and I will set up personal meetings with any outliers). Video replays are available after each live call.

    Live Calls & Feedback


    1) ​Weekly live Q&A group calls
    These calls ​help clarify any questions you have about the lessons and make sure that you have what you need to keep going. In the live calls, often other writers will ask questions that you didn’t even know you had. Writers tell me the live calls gave them a confidence boost and a lot of warm, helpful support.

    2) Course message board​
    I am available throughout the week in our course community—a secure group in Slack where you can ask questions and get quick answers (I usually respond within ​36 hours), plus interact with other writers in the program.

    Lit Mag Love Course—Early Registration

    Save $50 when you register before October 20.

    Full Price: $399

    All prices in USD and include applicable taxes.

    Securely pay with your Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal account.

    Scholarships are available thanks to generous donations from members of my course community. Apply here
    Note: two-thirds of all scholarships are awarded to BIPOC and trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit writers, who are wholeheartedly encouraged to apply.

    Need More Info?

    Here is and Outline of the Course Curriculum…


    • Get Clear About Why You Want to Publish in Journals
    • Explore the Lit Mag Landscape
    • Pairing Journals to Fit Your Writing Goals


    • What Do Editors Want?
    • Ready Your Writing
    • Preparing Your Submission


    • Goals & Systems
    • Fine-Tune Your Lit Mag List
    • The Cover Letter


    • Rejection and Hyper-Critical Feedback
    • Types of Rejection
    • The Art of Acceptance

    Bonus: Commit to Submit Club

    If you complete all of the course assignments during the live five-weeks of the course, you will automatically be able to join our quarterly commit to submit club meetings. These meetings allow you to continue connecting with your writing peers from the course, and get feedback from me on your ongoing submissions strategy.

    Here are Some Frequently Asked Questions About the Course…

    Umm...So, what exactly are lit mags?

    Good question! Lit mags is short for literary magazines, and are also known as literary journals. They typically publish at least one genre of creative writing—nonfiction/essays, fiction, poetry, or mixed-genre forms. (And they may niche-down further into sub-genres of these forms.) For the purposes of this course, we look at any publication online, in e-book, or in print that will publish short fiction, creative nonfiction (essays, memoir), and poetry. The publications many people are familiar with are The New Yorker, or The Paris Review, but there are many, many lit mags out there and part of the course involves getting to know the various and vast lit mag landscape.

    What days and times will Office Hours be held?

    I set our office hours at times based on an initial survey of the registered students, and I make sure there’s at least one time per week that will work for everyone. (If that’s impossible, I will set up individual sessions with outliers.) Video replays are also available after each live call.

    What writing do I need to have prepared?

    It is ideal, but not required, that you have a draft submission of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or mixed-genre writing prepared for this course. Don’t worry if it’s not “there” yet—we’re going to work on this in the course.

    Will you provide feedback on my writing?

    Although this is not a course about writing craft, I will provide feedback a short excerpt of your work. And I provide feedback on each and every assignment you complete, and answer any questions you have along the way, in our live video calls and our private community space.

    What are commit to submit meetings?

    If you complete all of the course assignments during the live five-weeks of the course, you will automatically be able to join our quarterly commit to submit club meetings. These meetings allow you to continue connecting with your writing peers from the course, and get feedback from me on your ongoing submissions strategy.

    When does the course start and end?

    This session of the five week course starts on November 9 and ends on December 15, 2020.

    What does the course cost and can I pay in installments?

    The full price for the course is $399, but I usually offer an early-enrollment discount. 

    You can choose to pay in three monthly installments of $135. Email me at hello@rachelthompson.co and I will set up your installment payment plan and register you in the course.

    Do you offer scholarships?

    Yes! All of my courses now have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to the generous donations of members in our course community. You’re welcome to apply using this link.

    Two-thirds of all my scholarships are  awarded to BIPOC and trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit writers.

    If you’d like to help support another writer with a donation to the scholarship fund, please get in touch with me using the form below.

    Am I ready to take this step for my writing?

    You read all the FAQs and made it to the bottom of this LONG page, so I think you answered your own question. (Yes!)

    Still Have Questions? Use this form to ask me!