I am a literary consultant with extensive experience in assessing the interests of journal and press editors in the literary market. I work privately with writers, meet with them at conferences, and give publishing talks, and classes. I like to find connections, to figure out what is shared and not, for the benefit of knowledge, and ease of interaction. This monthly newsletter is another way to meet with you, and to teach you what I know: how to analyze the style and subject interests represented at literary journals so that you can decide whether you have any writing to submit.

By noting what the writers write and how they write it, I aim to teach you specific ways that I assess the poems and stories. I will choose writing published in issues of two literary journals each month and point out approaches, perspectives, styles and subjects shared and differing; what kind of range of interest might be at each journal. I will narrow the focus for you to submit something, or not.

Each issue of What Where: Literary Journals costs $7/month or $70/year. The first post in late November 2022, was free. Throughout the year, you will receive an assortment of possible publishers, and through them, a skill in analyzing editorial interests.

I have taught this widely for over 25 years to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, whether in private tutorials, or other venues, such as Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Marin Poetry Center, Adirondack Center for Writing, Emerson College, The New School, and Hudson Valley Writers Center. Writers I’ve worked with have published in About Place, AGNI, Cream City Review, The Ekphrastic Review, The Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Molecule: A Tiny Lit Mag, Naugatuck River Review, One Art, Poetry, Right Hand Pointing, Streetlight and many others.

I am a published writer, too, primarily of poetry, occasionally of fiction, publishing essays, and creative nonfiction. My second full-length poetry collection, Captive, is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press, in October 2023. Since summer of 2020, I am also one of the poetry editors at The Westchester Review. I know that finding journals and choosing work can seem complicated, but there are some clear passages with easy decisions.


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Amy Holman gives writers her views on what literary journals publish


Amy Holman

Literary consultant, poet, writer. New poetry collection, Captive, forthcoming in October 2023 with Saddle Road Press.