Based on Wieland’s longtime MFA course in publishing at Boise State, this class looks at the importance of literary journals to a writer’s career. Discussion topics include:
• The lit mag landscape in the United States, past and present.
• What a lit mag can do for you.
• How to find the right journal for your work.
• Using the tier system approach to sending out.
• Common mistakes made when submitting.
• Writing a good cover letter and preparing your manuscript.
• What editors look for when reading the slush pile.
• The many faces of rejection.
• How to work with an editor once your work is accepted.
As editor of The Idaho Review for the last twenty years, Mitch Wieland has published 250 short stories, including the work of Joyce Carol Oates, Andrea Barrett, Rick Moody, Ann Beattie, T.C. Boyle, Joy Williams, Anthony Doerr, Pam Houston, and Rick Bass. Stories from The Idaho Review have been selected for The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, and The Best of the West prize anthologies.
Wieland is also the author of the novels Willy Slater’s Lane and God’s Dogs. His own short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, among other publications.
A co-founder of the MFA program at Boise State University, Wieland was its director for ten years. He currently teaches MFA and BFA classes at the university.