A Diamond in the Slushpile: Exploring Literary Publishing From First Story to Bestseller
Join Storyfort 2020 featured novelist, Jennifer Haigh, Idaho Review founder and publisher, Mitch Wieland, writer and editor, Bill Pettitt, and members of the Idaho Review editorial staff to talk about the world of publishing successful and vibrant literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Jennifer Haigh published her very first short story in the Idaho Review in 2001 and has since gone on to an amazingly successful career as a NYT bestselling novelist. We’ll be diving into the story of that initial story discovery, and how Bill Pettitt and the IR editorial staff plucked the short, beautiful gem from the haystack that is “the slushpile.” As well, we will talk about how Haigh’s career grew on many levels after the initial publication, and how literary publishing has evolved and shifted over the past two decades. This will be a great, practical narrative discussion and publishing deep-dive that any writer, consumer, and lover of artful, literary writing will want to attend.