A Literary Magazine Editor Explains How to Pitch Fiction

“We actually did give a lifetime rejection to one writer…”


Episode Notes

On this edition of Working Overtime, hosts Isaac Butler and June Thomas reply to a listener who wants some advice on pitching fiction to literary magazines. For help, Isaac and June turn to J. Robert Lennon, a novelist and short story writer who is also the editor of EPOCH, the literary magazine associated with Cornell University. In the interview, Lennon describes the pitching process for EPOCH and explains what he and his colleagues are looking for when they review submissions. He also offers advice to anyone who might be considering pitching their fiction.

Do you have a question about creative work? Call us and leave a message at 304-933-9675, or email us at

Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.


About the Show

Slate interviews creative people about their work.

All episodes