SO WHAT THE HECK IS SPEED DATING?
We usually get some questions about speed dating, so here’s a quick explanation: speed dating is where you sit down with a literary magazine editor to receive immediate feedback on a poem, flash fiction piece, or the first few pages of a short story or essay. So first of all, bring some hardcopies of whatever it is you think you’d like to work with. There will be one speed dating ticket in your packet, and others will be available at the conference for $5 a pop. Each session lasts 8 minutes.
You’ll be matched up with an appropriate editor for your genre, so poems will be read by poetry editors, essays by nonfiction editors, etc. You can NOT select the market you want to speed date with, however, so no matter how much you absolutely want/need to speed date with a particular lit mag, or editor, it just doesn’t work like that — it’s not logistically possible, end of story. We will have lots of different lit mags and presses available, and lots of different editors, so we think that whoever you’re matched up with, you’ll get good, honest, useful, (and immediate) feedback.
Please note that speed dating necessarily involves a lot of “writer-herding” in and out of the room, which can include some shouting, and some whistle-blowing, and some confusion. It’s not for everybody, but the majority of attendees seem to enjoy it. So…we pre-appreciate your patience and assistance with making sure speed dating goes as smoothly as possible!