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Our annual education issue is here! Inside, you won’t just find our listings for dozens of MFA and MA programs for writers like you: You’ll also find the history of modern publishing, the first-place winner of our spring short story contest, and how one writer makes six figures off of writing each year (and how you can, too). We’ve also included tips for going back to the office after years of freelancing, knowing when to pitch an editor, and saving for retirement.
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By Rachael Herron
How one author brings home six figures without a day job – and how you can, too.
The world of publishing: then & now
By Kerrie Flanagan
To understand where we are now, you’ve got to know how far we’ve come. Here’s a quick look at the history of modern publishing as we know it.
By Sharayah Hooper
Read the first-place winner of our 2019 spring short story contest.
Is an MFA in creative writing worth it?
By Jack Smith
Authors and educators weigh in.
From the Front Lines
The myths of you
By Yi Shun Lai
Why what you believe about yourself may be in your way.
By Pete Croatto
Sometimes full-time freelance writers go back to the office.
They’ve done it. You can too.
When to pitch an editor
By M.T. Schwartzman
Understanding the best times to send your story ideas.
Writer at Work
By Jennifer L. Blanck
A writer’s guide to saving for retirement.
By Melissa Hart
Chicago Spring Fling
By Melissa Hart