​Learn how to submit your ​writing more effectively ​& kick-start your writing career​

  • ​Next session: November 2020

I'm Rachel Thompson, founder of Lit Mag Love. 
I’m a literary magazine editor, a published author, and I have interviewed numerous editors about submissions to their journals. (Learn more about me and the course in the video.)

Ready to ​Rack Up ​the ​Publication ​Credits—and ​Impact—​You ​Crave for ​Your ​Writing​?

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Does this sound familiar?

  1. • 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.
  • • You wish you had a community of writers to champion you and your writing.


  1. • 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 and reach some big goals for your writing this year, I'm here to help you reach them and more.

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​Lit Mag Love opens for registration twice a year, and paying students get access forever (even if registration is closed). To be the first to know when this class opens again, get a ​lovely launch discount, and a free ​lesson by email, sign up below.

to find out how the lit mag love course has helped other writers, read on...

What's it like to work with me?

Join the Lit Mag Love Course Wait List

​Lit Mag Love opens for registration twice a year, and paying students get access forever (even if registration is closed). To be the first to know when this class opens again, get a ​lovely launch discount, and a free ​lesson by email, sign up below.

Rachel deeply cares about helping emerging and established writers. She believes in building and cultivating writing communities—spaces for writers to meet, share work, get feedback, and grow. 

Marlena Chertock

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

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



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

“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!”


Since taking Lit Mag Love, Anne was a finalist in The Pinch2019 Literary contest, published nonfiction with Entropy, Change Seven Magazine, Pithead Chapel, and Coachella Review. She also has her first short story forthcoming.



Rowan McCandless

How Rowan built her writing network with no "writing establishment" connections.

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.



Tamara Jong

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

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 Alumni HAVE Published Writing
in over 200 lit mags & Anthologies, Including...

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
CNFC/Humber Literary Review Contest
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 and Press
Inkling 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
Pulp Literature
QWF Writes
Red Alder Review
Red Eft Review
revue 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.


 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.


Deborah Johnstone

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.



Next ​session runs 
​​november 2020

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.



  • 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

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Live calls & FEEDBACK

​I offer two types of feedback and support to help you learn and improve during the course:

  • 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. 

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.

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