Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
As you’ll recall, my year of blogging for Poetry Has Value reached its end a number of months ago. But that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for the month of June.
Also, if you’re new to these posts, it may be helpful for you to know that I work very hard to submit my work mainly to paying venues that don’t charge fees for journal/website publication. If you’re similarly looking for paying calls and contests that don’t charge submission fees, you’re always welcome to check my monthly newsletter (and with my weekly “Monday Markets” posts on this blog). And if you’d like to know more about how, generally speaking, I choose where to send my work, this Literary Hub essay remains a good standby.
On with the June report:
Venues to Which I Submitted Poetry and Total Poems Submitted: (11) Alyss (4 poems), Christian Century (2 poems), The Cresset (5 poems), Day One (1 poem), Jewish Action (1 poem), Jewish Currents (Jewish New Year supplement; 3 poems), Jewish Journal (3 poems), Moment (5 poems), Rattle (1 poem for “Poets Respond”), The Sun (5 poems), Threepenny Review (5 poems)
Rejections Received: (10) Baltimore Review, Christian Century, Common Good Books Poetry Contest (wasn’t informed, but checked website for winners), Lehrhaus, Maine Review, Outlook Springs, Rattle, Slice, Threepenny Review, Tishman Review
Acceptances: (2) Jewish Currents (1), Moment (1)
Publications: (1) “Unsolved Mysteries of Samson and Delilah” (ReformJudaism.org)
Money Spent: $0
Money Earned: $35 (payment received for earlier Jewish Journal publication)
June TOTAL: $35
Total Money Spent in 2017: $0
Total Money Earned in 2017: $260
2017 TOTAL: $260
Total Submissions in 2017: 55 (“packets”)
Total Rejections in 2017: 44
Remember that residency I applied for back in April?
Well, the decision arrived this week.
And it was negative. (I didn’t count it in the “rejection” category above, since, at this point, I tend to focus on rejections specifically for publication in these tallies. Also—it’s technically a JULY rejection. But plenty of people include rejections for grants, residencies, fellowships, and so on in their tabulations. And counting this one would certainly help me advance toward that lofty goal of 100 rejections per year, minimum!)
At least I didn’t spend $25, $30, or more to apply….
In case I still needed cheering-up after that rejection, I have a lot of great things ahead in July to look forward to.
Including a long-awaited trip to the theater.
So that’s the latest from here. How are all of you?