The Blueprint

Building Manuscripts that Survive the Slush Pile

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals and strategies behind preparing short manuscripts for submission to literary journals, writing contests and graduate writing programs. It will be part workshop of student manuscripts (10-12 pages), part survey of the American literary marketplace. Students will read work by published poets, analyze literary journals and discuss the DOs and DON’Ts of the submission process, learning how to identify which journals and magazines will be most receptive to their own particular styles and voices. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to help students put together a manuscript that’s ready for submission.

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Jeff Simpson is the author of Vertical Hold (Steel Toe Books, 2011), a finalist for The National Poetry Series, and The Morrill Hall Sessions, a free audio chapbook. In 2010, he founded The Fiddleback, an online journal of literature and art for which he currently serves as Editor-In-Chief. His work has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Forklift, Ohio; Prairie Schooner; Copper Nickel; Poet Lore and Harpur Palate, among others. He holds an MFA in poetry from Oklahoma State University, where he was twice awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature courses at Oklahoma State University, Old Westbury – SUNY and Queens College – CUNY and is the new multimedia producer for the Academy of American Poets. He lives in South Slope.