Lena Valencia

Online Class
Hit Submit: Sending Your Work to Magazines, Residencies, and Agents

September 26th - 28th, 2019
Price: $60
Members and previous Hit Submit students*: $45

How do I submit my work to a literary magazine? What goes into an artist statement for a residency or writing workshop? How do I approach an agent? Designed for fiction writers of all levels, this class will answer these questions—and more—about how to present your work and yourself to the editors, agents, and selection committees on the other side of the submit button. You’ll leave armed with the skills you need to prepare your work, organize your submissions, and craft great cover letters and artist statements to use in applications to residencies, MFA programs, writing workshops, and beyond.

About Lena Valencia:
Lena Valencia has held positions at A Public Space and BOMB Magazine, and for three years hosted the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. She teaches at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop and Catapult. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, BOMB, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in fiction from The New School, is the recipient of a 2019 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. For more information, visit

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through September 25th.
How does the class work?
Daily lessons will be posted at 1am ET. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with Lena.
Is there homework?
No. There are some optional exercises designed to help you build out your cover letters, query letters, and artist statements, which you may optionally share with the class for feedback.
Can the instructor give me feedback on my cover letter/artist statement/query?
Due to the large number of students in the class, the instructor can’t provide feedback on student work. She will be available on the discussion board to answer any questions from students. There will also be a designated discussion board where students can get feedback from one another.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about 45 minutes per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion board.
What if I want to take the class, but the dates don’t work for me?
The class is designed for participants to proceed at their own pace, on their own schedule. All class materials will be accessible online until October 28th. Please note, however, that the instructor will be present on the discussion board from September 26th - 28th, 2019 only.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access all class materials.
I write nonfiction/poetry. Is this class for me?
Those working on poetry or nonfiction may find some of the information useful, but the class is designed with fiction writers in mind.
I’m a new writer who has never sent work out to a literary magazine. Is this class appropriate for me?
Yes. This class is designed for anyone who is looking to take the next steps in their writing career.
I’ve been published in a few magazines, attended some residencies, and have an agent. Should I take this class?
Though this class is designed for writers of all levels, writers who have experience submitting to magazines, attending residencies, and who already have an agent may find some of the material familiar or unnecessary. Lena is available on the discussion boards to answer all questions that are not addressed in the lessons.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Tuesday, September 24th, three days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.

Our online classes are designed to be safe spaces for all who participate. One Story will not tolerate hate speech, bullying, or harassment directed toward instructors or fellow students, and reserves the right to remove participants who engage in such behavior from our classes.

Member Discount: In order to qualify for our member discount, you must be a member at the time of registration. Please note that the discount is for our members only. Members commit to annual donations and receive benefits that allow them to participate in the organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers are members. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member, you can do so here.

Refund Policy: One Story class payment is non-refundable after the class’s start date. For questions about the refund policy, or if you are unable to take the class after you have registered, please contact maribeth.

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