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:


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