Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Announcing the 2018 November Prose Writing Month

This year I'll be hosting an online writing challenge for prose writing (for our purposes this means essay, flash fiction, short stories and novel) during the month of November.

Deadline to Apply: October 1st 2018

Writers set their own daily word goals (250-500 words a day are common). I've organized this writing challenge in the past and it's a lot of fun––intense, cathartic, and hugely inspirational.

You'll be posting an excerpt from your daily writing on the blog (A Novel November) each day for 30 days starting at 9 AM PT on November 1st and going until midnight PT on November 30th. You'll be expected to read and comment on the work of others and can likewise expect feedback and encouragement on your own work. See here for the full guidelines.

Space is very limited to maintain a close-knit atmosphere for the writing challenge.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September Publishing Goals

Just before I left for my Labor Day camping trip I received a rejection slip from The Paris Review.

I get excited, even about a rejection, because I feel the wheels of the poetry world turning as the process of submitting/hearing back is completed. It was also the first place I submitted to this summer (it's been FAR too long since my voice echoed in the published realm!). So far I've submitted to 11 places this summer (9 poetry submissions, 1 screenwriting grant and 1 short story submission).

When I first started submitting poems for publication it was all done by postal mail, and still to this day if I have the option to submit in this manner I will do so. I know it's not the most environmentally friendly thing in the world, but I adore real mail and still even write letters by hand.

There is a great list of places to submit to over Autumn at entropymag.org/where-to-submit-september-october-and-november-2018/.

Also, remember that getting your writing rejected for publication is not getting a "no" it's a "not yet." Every time you get a rejection back take the time to revisit the poems/stories and attempt a revision. Staying with this habit will ensure you are continually pushing your writing to really get that "lightning" onto the page and eventually you will get published.

So I will be revising my rejected poems and will continue to send them off again. I got these nifty Autumn stamps to keep me fueled on postage until wintertime: