The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Getting Published in Literary Journals with Superstition Review, Hayden's Ferry Review

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Genre and Form(s): Business of Writing, Editing, Publishing, Submitting
Cost: Free

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About this Event

What do editors truly want to discover and publish? Learn the do’s and don’t’s of submitting to literary journals with editors from Superstition Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review, two nationally-recognized literary journals based at ASU. Editors Rachel Hagerman, Tess Prendergast, Lucas Selby and Scott Daughtridge DeMer will talk shop and share advice about breaking into the publishing world, with opportunities for questions and individual follow-up at the panel’s close.

About the Author

Scott Daughtridge is a fiction writer from Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been featured in Necessary Fiction, Midwestern Gothic, The Fanzine, matchbook, and other places. He received a Virginia G. Piper Center Creative Engagement Fellowship and is a fellow at the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. He is an Idea Capital grant recipient and was named the Emerging Artist of the Year in the Literary Arts by the Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs. He currently studies writing at Arizona State University where he serves as fiction editor of Hayden's Ferry Review. 

Photograph of Rachel Hagerman

Rachel Hagerman is the student editor-in-chief of Superstition Review’s Issue 25. She is studying English (Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies) at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She currently works as a freelance writer, teaching assistant, and ASU Senior Writing Mentor. She is the founding editor of the ASU student-run book blog, The Spellbinding Shelf. Passionate about literature, she plans to pursue a career in editing and publishing after graduation.

Photograph of Tess Prendergast

Tess Prendergast will graduate from ASU in May 2020 with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and a B.S. in Economics. She has worked as a fiction reader for Hayden's Ferry Review and is the current Poetry Editor for Superstition Review.

Photograph of Lucas Selby

Lucas Selby is a creative writing major at Arizona State University, currently working towards his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees through Barrett, the Honors College. Lucas has worked as a reader for Hayden’s Ferry Review and is currently the fiction editor for Superstition Review. He enjoys literary fiction but has been known to dip into science fiction and performance poetry in his spare time. He loves Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, and just about every other author he reads these days.

Logo for Superstition Review

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University. Founded by Patricia Colleen Murphy in 2008 in ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, the mission of the journal is to promote contemporary art and literature by providing a free, easy-to-navigate, high quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. We publish two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry.

Historic Photograph of Hayden's Ferry

Founded in 1986, Hayden's Ferry Review is internationally recognized as one of the leading literary journals in the field. Pieces have been featured in prestigious collections like Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Previous contributors include George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Rita Dove, Joseph Heller, Peggy Shumaker, Raymond Carver, John Updike, TC Boyle, Lydia Davis, and more. 

About the Literary Fair

Presented as a public extension of the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in partnership with ASU Open Door, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Literary Fair is a celebration of creative writing and literary arts in a local community. Enjoy free author talks, poetry readings, and other literary events and activities from authors, publishers, and other organizations from all over the Southwest on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. All events are open to the public and free. You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend. To learn more about the fair, visit our website at

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