Lit Mag Love Podcast

Lit Mag Love Is a podcast for Creative writers who want to publish

What do editors want? It’s a question that many creative writers have asked themselves, or more likely muttered dejectedly after a frustrating rejection. Hosted by Rachel Thompson, author and literary magazine editor, Lit Mag Love grew out of the course by the same name. It answers this question of what editors want by going right to the source, bringing interviews and insights about how to improve and publish your writing.

No spam, just notification of new episodes, free bonus content like writing prompts and ideas, and a heads up when the Lit Mag Love course launches, too.

Presented by Room and the Lit Mag Love Course

The Nasiona—Persuade with Julián Esteban Torres López
“Editing is a position of power that I take seriously. I’m a writer, author, creative in different ways and I[...]
Massachusetts Review—Trust Your Writing with Emily Wojcik
The Massachusetts Review, in its 60th anniversary, promotes social justice and equality, along with great art. Committed to aesthetic excellence[...]
Make Relationships Right with Jessica Johns of Room Magazine
Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews for[...]
Evoke Place with Mary Leauna Christensen of The Swamp Literary Magazine
The Swamp publishes work that evokes a sense of place, which, for The Swamp, is broadly defined. “We look forward[...]

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Erase Shame with Dorothy Bendel of Atticus Review
Atticus Review publishes writing that is unashamed, unadorned, and unafraid, and is a daily online journal that publishes fiction, poems,[...]
Push Back on What’s Expected with Felicity Landa of Literary Mama
Literary Mama believes that all mothers have a story worth sharing and honors the many faces of motherhood by publishing[...]
Tear Down Structures with Anna Lena Phillips Bell & Rachel Taube of Ecotone
Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North[...]
Question and Observe with Alana Saltz of Blanket Sea Arts & Literary Magazine
About Blanket Sea Arts & Literary MagazineBlanket Sea features work created by people living with chronic illness, mental illness, and[...]
Know Who Your Readers Are (And Are Not) with Caroline Knecht of Whiskey Island
About Whiskey Island Founded in 1977, Whiskey Island is a nonprofit literary journal published by Cleveland State University. They accept[...]
Follow Your Lights with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis and Gerald Maa of the Asian American Literary Review
“Our impulse is to trust writers and follow their lights. In cases where we’re editing and working closely with them,[...]
Have Heart and Humility with Jasmine Gui of LooseLeaf Magazine
"I think intersectional community asks us to be open and mindful of difference. It asks us to have a posture[...]
Be Generous & Wise with Jónína Kirton of Turtle Island Responds
In this episode of Lit Mag Love: A podcast for creative writers who want to publish, host Rachel Thompson interviews[...]
Share Intimacy with Doyali Islam of Arc Poetry Magazine
In this episode of Lit Mag Love: A podcast for creative writers who want to publish, host Rachel Thompson interviews Doyali[...]
Learn from Others with Alexandria Petrassi of So to Speak Journal
In this episode of the Lit Mag Love Podcast, host Rachel Thompson talks with Alexandria Petrassi from So to Speak journal.[...]
Invite Readers In with Sakina Fakhri and Diana McClure of Azure magazine
In this episode of the Lit Mag Love Podcast, host Rachel Thompson talks with Sakina Fakhri and Diana McClure, founders of[...]
Team Up with Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice and Marianne Chan of Split Lip
In this episode, Rachel Thompson talks with Marianne Chan and Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice, the respective poetry editor and flash fiction editor[...]
Flash and Fire with Rebecca Salazar of Plenitude
In this episode, Rachel Thompson interviews Rebecca Salazar, poetry editor with Plenitude magazine, a publication that aims to promote the[...]
Take Control of Your Narrative with Robin Richardson of Minola Review
In this episode, Rachel Thompson talks with Robin Richardson, founder of the Minola Review. She discusses how she overcame early[...]
Know You’re in a Conversation with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively
In this episode, Rachel Thompson talks with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively, about the responsibility of editors to elevate voices left[...]
Know You’re in a Conversation with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively
In this episode, Rachel Thompson talks with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively, about the responsibility of editors to elevate voices left[...]
Delight in Language with Maya Marshall of [PANK]
In this episode, Rachel talks with Maya Marshall, a self-described demanding and productive writer and editor with [PANK] magazine—yes, the[...]
Take Notice with Donna Talarico of Hippocampus
“I’ve just become better at noticing those little mechanical things,” says the guest for this episode, Donna Talarico, the founder[...]
Pick Pleasure over Ambition with Wendy Lesser from The Threepenny Review
The guest for this episode of Lit Mag Love is Wendy Lesser, an American critic, writer, and editor based in[...]
Be Luminescent with Amanda Leduc of Little Fiction/Big Truths
“Don’t give up and recognize that the writing is a thing in and of itself as well. You need to[...]
Lift Up Women’s Stories with Sierra Skye Gemma, Contest Coordinator at Room
“To me, a very intimate piece of memoir that could in no way be fact checked was just as valid[...]
Remember Write Rhymes with Fight with Eufemia Fantetti of Humber Literary Review
“Write rhymes with fight for a reason. We’re not all meant to be at the frontline...I’m way more comfortable sitting[...]
Understand Who You Are with Alicia Elliott of The Fiddlehead
“I think that when a writer doesn’t have a good understanding of who they are and what their beliefs are...they[...]
Stick With Writers with Shazia Hafiz Ramji from PRISM
As always this episode truly takes you behind the scenes of a literary journal—in this case, it’s a University-based journal[...]
Turn Your Writing Outward with Carleigh Baker of Joyland Vancouver
Rachel interviews Carleigh Baker, an editor with Joyland, who talks about the difference between her first and future books, “You[...]
Write When Language Fails with Janice Lee of Entropy
ENTROPY is a website featuring literary and related non-literary content. They seek to create a space where writers can engage[...]
Let Love Lead You with Derek Askey of The Sun Magazine
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke[...]
Invest in Relationships with Pamela Mulloy of The New Quarterly
The New Quarterly—TNQ, for short—is a Canadian literary journal known for wit, warmth, and literary innovation. Our style is celebratory,[...]
Listen to the Writing with Chelene Knight of Room
Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews for forty[...]
How Writing is like Running and Cycling with Andrea Bennett of Maisonneuve
About Maisonneuve Maisonneuve literally means "new house" and suggests the spirit of collective enterprise the magazine gathers under one roof. The[...]
Make Something Strange with Thea Prieto of The Gravity of the Thing
An online independent literary magazine dedicated to the publication of new and innovative writing, The Gravity of theThing has been[...]
Expose Something Scary with John Haggerty from The Forge Lit Mag
The Forge Literary Magazine was founded by volunteers from the Fiction Forge, an international online writers’ forum, which counts amongst[...]
No Subject is Off Limits with Shashi Bhat from Event Magazine
For 45 years, EVENT has published the very best in contemporary new poetry and prose. They are one of Western[...]