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 September.

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).

On with the report:

Venues to Which I Submitted Poetry and Total Poems Submitted: (5) Nashville Review (3 poems), Notre Dame Review (3 poems), Princemere Poetry Prize (2 poems), Room (4 poems), Shenandoah (5 poems)

Rejections Received: (5) Cincinnati Review, Concis (contest), Frontier Poetry, Qwerty, Ruminate

Acceptances: (1) Alyss (1 poem)

Publications: (3) “The End of the Lines” (Whale Road Review), “Aftermath” (Jewish Currents Jewish New Year supplement), “On Reading Chapter 19 in the Book of Judges” (Moment magazine)

Money Spent: $0

Money Earned: $100 (payment for “Aftermath”)

September TOTAL: $100

Total Money Spent in 2017: $0

Total Money Earned in 2017: $360

2017 TOTAL: $360

Total Submissions in 2017: 70 “packets”

Total Rejections in 2017: 57

My New Gig

Last week brought my first byline in the United Kingdom’s Jewish Chronicle, where I am now contributing a regular column titled “A View from the U.S.A.” The inaugural installment was inspired by the recent PBS documentary on the Vietnam War.

Healing Words

I signed up for this book-focused event in Manhattan weeks ago, because I admire both speakers so much. (And, yes, I have worked with each of them in publicizing their most recent books).

But by the time I headed over to the JCC Manhattan last night, it was more than my fondness for these authors and more than my commitment to their respective books that propelled me across town. I was relying on the inspiration and healing that I knew that these two—who are as kind and compassionate as they are intelligent and insightful—would bring all of us gathered to hear them. in the room.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

2 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. C.A. LaRue says:

    Loved the first installment at your “new gig”. Don’t know how you do it all, but keep doing it.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much!

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