Philadelphia Stories, a non-profit literary magazine that serves the reading, writing, and art community of the Greater Delaware Valley, will be hosting its annual Push to Publish conference on Saturday, October 13. This one-day event, held 9-5pm at Rosemont College, is open to new and experienced writers looking to meet other writers, agents, and editors.

Since 2009, Push to Publish has grown exponentially over the years, serving as a great resource for local writers. The speed dating event gives attendees the opportunity to meet with agents and editors in one-on-one 10-minute sessions. With many attendees hoping to secure representation and book deals, speed dating serves as the main attraction of the day.

Speed Dating at Push to Publish

Over the years, Push to Publish has had the pleasure of receiving agents from top agencies, and this year is no different. There will be eight agents coming to Push to Publish from big-name agencies like Trident Media Group and Folio Literary Management.

The editors who meet with attendees during the speed date hail from local literary journals, writing coaches, and independent presses. This year, in addition to several literary journals, there will be seven publishers joining the program, including the ever-popular Running Press and a number of other small and independent presses. Meetings with journals and independent presses are a great way to make a personal connection with editors looking for work, and many of our attendees have had their work published as a result of these speed date meetings.

Push to Publish Panel

Even if attendees don’t partake in speed dating, there is still much to do at the event. Attendees can develop their writing skills, get marketing tips, and learn the ins and outs of publishing through an array of panels and classes. Some of the panels this year include a panel on Publishing Options: Self-Publishing, Hybrid & Indie and a panel on Visual Stories: Graphic Novels, Comics & Interactive Fiction. Attendees can take classes like World-building in Speculative Fiction and Publicity & Social Media for Authors. There will also be a Q&A session at the Meet the Agents panel at the end of the day.

Another highlight of Push to Publish is the master class offered the day before the conference with the keynote speaker. Notable authors have served as keynote speakers and master class instructors in the past, including local award-winning author, Beth Kephart, and Karen Joy Fowler of The Jane Austen Book Club.

Keynote Speaker: Dan Chaon

This year, Dan Chaon, author of the national best-seller Ill Will, will deliver the keynote and offer this master class. The topic of this class is “Dreaming Awake,” and students will learn how to find stories and let stories find them. Mr. Chaon will lead a discussion of the relationship between storytelling and the unconscious mind and will include writing prompts and in-class work. To register for the master class with Dan Chaon, please click here.

To register for Push to Publish, please click here. The cost of registration is $95, which includes breakfast, lunch, and one speed-date pass (attendees sign up for their meetings the day of the conference). Discounted rates are available to students/seniors at $85. Additional speed date passes can be purchased for $5 each at the conference. For more information about Push to Publish, please click here.