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Publishing with Small Presses: A Panel

Thursday
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Mar 28
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5:30 - 7:00PM CT
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Online via Zoom

Whether you’re a writer getting started or a seasoned writer with a manuscript ready for submissions, this panel will demystify the process of working with small presses from pitching, editing, publishing, to marketing and beyond.

Do you need an agent to get your book accepted at a small press? Are there writing contests that can lead to publication? What is the editing process like? The panel will cover these questions and more, through the lens of three writers who have published books with small presses, or even worked at one. The last portion will feature short readings by the writers in celebration of the various small presses they represent.

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Nathan Knapp's debut novel, Daybook, is forthcoming in April 2024 from Splice, an indie press in the UK. His other writing has appeared in Music & Literature, 3:am, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere.

Julia Ridley Smith is the author of a story collection, Sex Romp Gone Wrong (Blair, 2024), and a memoir, The Sum of Trifles (University of Georgia Press, 2021). Her fiction and essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature, the New England Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Her work has been recognized as notable in Best American Essays and supported by the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, and other arts organizations. She is a former associate editor at Bull City Press, where she was the editor of Inch magazine, and she has nearly twenty-five years of experience working with university and independent presses, newspapers, magazines, and journals as a freelance writer and copyeditor. Currently, she teaches creative writing and publishing courses at UNC Chapel Hill. Find her at juliaridleysmith.com and @JuliaTrifles.

Amy Cipolla Barnes is the author of three collections: Mother Figures (ELJ Editions), Ambrotypes (Word West), and Child Craft (Belle Point Press.) She has words at The Citron Review, Spartan Lit, JMWW Journal, No Contact Mag, Leon Review, Complete Sentence, Smokelong Quarterly, The Bureau Dispatch, Nurture Lit, X-R-A-Y Lit, McSweeney’s, Southern Living, Cease, Cows and many other sites. She was a 2021 Oz Arts Fellow. Her writing has been nominated for Best of the Net, the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfiction, long-listed for the Wigleaf Top50 in 2021, 2022, and 2023, and included in The Best Small Fictions 2022. She’s a Fractured Lit Associate Editor, Gone Lawn co-editor, Ruby Lit assistant editor, and reads for The MacGuffin, The Best Small Fictions, Taco Bell Quarterly, The Porch Prize, CRAFT, and Narratively.

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