The following literary magazines and small presses will be participating in the conference on October 20. 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. 


Always Crashing is a web and print journal. We're interested in surfaces and form. We are interested in discontinuity and want to watch you break things. We want to read works that seek something via untruth, fantasy, artificiality, the plastic, deep superficiality, and attention to their own construction. We are interested in work that strikes curious poses; in the “experimental,” not as an avant-garde, but as a furthering of a subterranean literary tradition. We are interested, ultimately, in the aesthetic: the beautiful and the sublime, sure, but also the boring, the dumb, the merely interesting, the zany, the disgusting, the cute—particularly when pushed into strange and unfamiliar territories.

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.

Autumn House Press: Founded in 1998, Autumn House Press publishes full-length collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The press concentrates on publishing the work of excellent contemporary writers who have a following among readers, but whose work has been overlooked by commercial publishers. We believe art and literature are essential to the growth of a community and society. Autumn House also publishes an online, multi-genre journal Coal Hill Review triannually. 

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). 

Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue is packed with new, long-form essays that blend style with substance; writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; micro-essays; conversations with writers and editors; insights and commentary from CNF editor Lee Gutkind; and more. Simply put, CNF demonstrates the depth and versatility of the genre it has helped define for more than 20 years.

 Creative Nonfiction Managing Editor Hattie Fletcher (right) discussing an essay during 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.

Creative Nonfiction Managing Editor Hattie Fletcher (right) discussing an essay during 2017's "Speed Dating with Editors" session.


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.

Genre2 is an online literary + art journal devoted to pushing boundaries, ours and yours. Our mission is simple: publish writers’ best work outside their primary genre. That’s it. We favor no specific style or aesthetic, and we value the brand-newbie and established author equally. If you’ve created something awesome, we want to see it. Surprise us by surprising yourself.

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.

 The Journal, the award-winning literary journal of The Ohio State University, contributes significantly toward the literary landscape of Ohio and the nation. The Journal seeks to identify and encourage emerging writers while also attracting the work of established writers to create a diverse and compelling magazine. We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photo essays, reviews, interviews, and art. 

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.

Publishing Genius: Believing in literature’s practical ability to create sympathy and therefore a better world, Publishing Genius exists to make the best books by devoted members of the global literary community, and to make them in the most interesting and progressive ways.

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

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.