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How to Be 

a Literary Editor

Join our staff by completing editorial training. 

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Join Our Editorial Staff

This course teaches high school and college students how to edit poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  Our editorial method, developed over 20 years of teaching our own staff the craft of editing, offers a standard approach for tackling each submission and gives an overview of the specific editing vocabulary useful for giving meaningful feedback. 

Students who complete the course will be prepared to join the staff of their school literary magazine, ace an internship at a real-world lit magazine, and/or join Polyphony Lit.  The course also includes a guide for literary magazine interns published by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp] which will introduce students to the administrative and business aspects of producing a literary magazine.

Features of This Course

  • On-demand & self-paced (Start right now!)

  • 3-5 hours to complete

  • 3 expert instructors lead lectures and close readings in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction

  • A panel of talented high school editors workshop pieces in each genre

  • A final assignment with personal feedback


Cost: $99 to enroll*

Group Discounts Available: please contact

*We are nonprofit which aims to reach all students. If you need financial assistance to participate, please complete this form.

Students who pass the mini-quizzes and complete the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Completion and an invitation to join the Polyphony Lit editorial staff.

For High School Literary Magazine Advisers: If your school is interested in using the workshop to train your high school editorial staff, please contact us for more information and a discount on volume purchases.

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"94% of editors who completed the course rate it as "very good/excellent" in preparing students to be an editor."

— 2023 Summer Apprentice

Editorial Training Page Art by Emma Chen, Tony Fitzpatrick, and Julian Riccobon.

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