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Lit Mag Adoption


Most poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by emerging writers first finds its way into print through literary magazines, yet few student writers actively engage with the spectrum of magazines published today. By integrating literary magazines into course curricula and providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction between literary magazine publishers and creative writing students, the Lit Mag Adoption Program promotes a generation of new writers that are also active readers and productive members of the larger literary community.

How it Works

The Lit Mag Adoption Program for Creative Writing Students allows undergraduate and graduate creative writing professors to include literary magazines in their courses. Students receive discounted, 1-year subscriptions for selected literary magazines (professors receive a free “desk-copy” subscription). Each participating class will receive at least two issues of the magazine during the semester. In addition, classes will have direct interaction with the magazine publisher/editor through a virtual (or in-person where local) “One-on-One” chat session.

Here are the different ways to participate:

  • Professors: If you are located within the US, register your class now (If you are outside the continental US, please contact adoptions@clmp.org). Once you have submitted the online registration, you will receive detailed instructions about how to proceed; including information about processing your desk copy subscription, creating a unique login information to provide to your students, and further details about scheduling your editor/publisher classroom visit. Students will then order their discounted subscriptions through this website. Please note that a minimum of 6 students must subscribe to the same magazine in order for your class to participate in the lit mag adoption program.
  • Lit Mags: If you are an editor or a publisher and you’d like to put your publication up for classroom adoption, please contact adoptions@clmp.org. Past participants should note that future involvement with the lit mag adoption program will require a new commitment each year.

Participating Magazines

Click on a title to visit the magazine’s website. NOTE: course adoption subscriptions can ONLY be ordered through this site- NOT on the magazine’s web site.


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Listen In! How to Bring Lit Mags into the Classroom

Jen Acker (The Common), Martha Cooley, Minna Proctor (The Literary Review), Julian Zabalbeascoa (Ploughshares) and Ted Dodson (CLMP) dicuss how to integrate lit mags into course curricula and how providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction between lit mag publishers and creative writers promotes a new generation of active readers and productive members of the literary community. These professors and lit mag editor/publishers discuss their experiences bringing lit mags into the core of their teaching.

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