Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


I may not be blogging any longer for Poetry Has Value, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for January (it’s remarkably positive–I do not expect anything remotely like this for the remainder of the year!)

  • Venues to Which I Submitted Poetry and Total Poems Submitted: (14) Day One; Lagan Online (Holocaust Memorial Day e-booklet, reprint, nonpaying); Mosaic; Nashville Review; Outlook Springs; Rivet; Rogue Agent; Room (Migration issue); The Sunlight Press; The Tower; Versal (Migration issue); Waypoints; The Wild Word (nonpaying); Writing for Peace (nonpaying). I should perhaps add that I’ve also applied for poetry mentorship via AWP’s Writer to Writer program, but I am not counting this along with the other submissions.
  • Rejections Received: (3) Mosaic (basically, they are not publishing poetry); Outlook Springs; Writing for Peace
  • Acceptances: (3): The Sunlight Press; Whale Road Review; The Wild Word
  • Publications: (2) Lagan Online Holocaust Memorial Day e-booklet, The Wild Word
  • Money Spent: $0
  • Money Earned: $0 (I’ll be paid for the poems appearing with The Sunlight Press, but my practice is not to “count” any payment chickens before they hatch.)
  • January TOTAL: $0
  • Total Money Spent in 2017: $0
  • Total Money Earned in 2017: $0
  • 2017 TOTAL: $0

Newsletter #1

This week saw the distribution of the latest newsletter I’ve put together in my capacity as Media Editor of Fig Tree Books. Included within: a fun piece I wrote about “Five Free and Easy Ways to Support Jewish Literature.” Spoiler alert: The tips generally work for all/other kinds of lit, too.

Newsletter #2

And of course, if you’re a Practicing Writer subscriber, you know that the February issue went out to subscribers yesterday (it will remain online throughout February). Along with the usual array of contest listings and calls, it features a Q&A piece with Mike Scalise that I’m very happy to share.

4 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Paul Beckman says:

    Hi Erika,

    A noted to let you know I came across your poem in Wildwood and enjoyed it very much.


    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      So kind of you, Paul. Thank you!

  2. Lori says:

    Looks like you’re going down the right path, Erika! My own progress wasn’t that good, but we’re a work in progress. 😉

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Yes, we are!

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