Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

New Newsletter

It’s a new month! So, yes, there’s a new issue of The Practicing Writer available.

The issue went out to subscribers yesterday, but you can find it online right here, too.


And if it’s a new month, it’s also time to look back the past month’s poetry-sub stats.

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 October.

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: (6) Arkansas International (5 poems), Gordon Square Review (3 poems), Kenyon Review (5 poems), Redivider (3 poems), Tablet (4 poems), Tishman Review (3 poems)

Rejections Received: (3) Gordon Square Review, Okey-Panky, Rivet

Acceptances: 0

Publications: 0

Money Spent: $0

Money Earned: $50 (payment received for Moment magazine publication reported last month)

October TOTAL: $50

Total Money Spent in 2017: $0

Total Money Earned in 2017: $410

2017 TOTAL: $410

Total Submissions in 2017: 76 “packets” 

Total Rejections in 2017: 60 

Author Photo TK

It has been more than seven years since my author photo was taken. I know it’s time to upgrade/update, but honestly, having my photo taken is one of my least favorite activities. (Yes, I prefer trips to the dentist!)

Since my parents are selling the family homestead, my nostalgic (and highly visual) sister arranged for a photographer to stop by the place and take a few pictures. I attempted to piggyback onto that session for a few solo shots that might work as author photos.

And a couple of them actually might! Stay tuned for the big reveal!