The following literary magazines and small presses will be participating in the conference on April 27. We'll be adding to this list as we go along. Editors from these magazines and presses will either be participating in panels, running workshops, or participating in our "speed dating with editors" one-on-one workshop sessions. We’ll be adding to this list as we get closer to the conference.


American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.

Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes short stories, poems, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy.

Barrelhouse is a literary organization that publishes a biannual print magazine, as well as a regularly updated website of fiction, prose, poetry, book reviews, and literary things. We organize this conference right here, as well as the Writer's Retreat Writer Camp. Barrelhouse is the organizer and sponsor of the Barrelhouse Amplifier, a $1,500 cash award for an emerging literary organization. The first two recipients of the Amplifier were Girls Write Pittsburgh (2017) and Fiyah Magazine (2018). 

The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA Program. We welcome submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.

The Gettysburg Review: Published by Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Review is recognized as one of the country’s premier literary journals. Since its debut in 1988, work by such luminaries as E. L. Doctorow, Rita Dove, James Tate, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, and Donald Hall has appeared alongside that of emerging artists such as Christopher Coake, Holly Goddard Jones, Kyle Minor, Ginger Strand, and Charles Yu, whose short-story collection, Third-Class Superhero, was selected recently by Richard Powers as one of the National Book Foundation’s “Five Under 35.”

Gettysburg Review Editor Mark Drew (right) at 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.

Gettysburg Review Editor Mark Drew (right) at 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.

Mason Jar Press is an independent press based out of beautiful Baltimore, MD. We specialize in full-length publications and handmade, limited edition chapbooks by established as well as emerging writers. If you enjoy strong, straight-forward poetry and prose that's just a little off, then we've got something for you.

[PANK]: Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel and Roxane Gay, [PANK] Magazine is a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. Up country, to the end of the road, to a far shore and the edge of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, a place inhabited by contradiction, quirk and startling anomaly, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born, [PANK].

The Rumpus strives to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere. We want to shine a light
on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.

Santa Fe Writer’s Project was founded in 1998 by Andrew Gifford and is dedicated to artistic preservation, recognizing exciting new authors, and bringing out of print work back to the shelves through an eclectic catalog of fiction and creative nonfiction, an online quarterly journal, and an annual Awards Program that has been judged by writers such as Benjamin Percy, Emily St. John Mandel, Jayne Anne Phillips, Robert Olen Butler, and many others. Find out more at

Split Lip Magazine is a literary journal of voice-driven writing with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print annually.

Stillhouse Press is committed to publishing voice-driven works from writers both emerging and established. We are especially drawn to titles that transcend genre, take risks in form and content, and aim to push the boundaries of the narrative and the lyric.
The goal of the press is to provide educational opportunities to students through the applied experience of soliciting, acquiring, producing, and marketing titles, in an effort to forge and foster lasting relationships with authors and the greater literary community.
As a 501(c)(3), we seek support through donations and grants to help further our mission.