Saturday, July 19, 2008

Poetry Submission News

On the poetry front concerning my submissions for publication, I received several responses in the last week or so. Expected rejections from three mags, ones with very low (less then 1%) acceptance stats (according to Duotrope) including one from Beloit Poetry Journal , my fifth fine rejection from them over the years. I will continue to try these tougher markets and maybe someday, I can write something they will like... smiles! I enjoy a good challenge!

One bit of great news, Krishan Coupland, editor of Neon Magazine responded back and accepted two of my poems for their Issue 17 dropping this fall. It's a print journal based in the UK and I am very honored to be part of it. Thanks Neon and Krishan!

I also sent my finished Chapbook manuscript titled "Mice Verses Man" out last week, entering an Open Chapbook Contest at a publisher. This was my first try to get it published. The submission deadline has now passed and I am not sure when they will announce the winner, several months probably. The winner gets a nice 4-digit cash prize but they also publish the top ten finalists. I am sure there will be plenty of competition (hundreds of entries) and it will be tough to make the finals. It was a lot of work to put it all together but it was a great learning experience for me and who knows, maybe I will get lucky? This is a small part of my goal in poetry for this year. My resolution on January 1st was to work hard on my poetry all year and by December 31st, have a full volume poetry manuscript ready to submit for publication.

Cheers for reading friends! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!

We are going to my Godmother's 70th birthday party today. It should be a blast and I am excited to see the whole extended family and all our close lifelong friends that we don't see too often since we moved to the "east side" of town.

Peace and love!


Letty Cruz said...

Hope you had a great time at your godmother's party! And I need to work on your tenacity -- hell, I need to work on my WORK, period, then work on sending it out and having a tough skin about rejection letters! good night :)

RainforestRobin said...

You have SUCH an indomitable spirit. I keep noticing that over and over in your post, your poems and all of your writing. Good for you for loving a challenge...people with that attitude are the ones we succeed. The only thing that stops us is if we STOP! Isn't that wild? It's the people who DON'T stop that arrive where they want to be. I encourage you to keep going because you have heart and soul that will take you where you need to go.

Anonymous said...

congrats on the po news! and keep slugging with the r-word. it only makes us poets stronger!

hmmm... i know where you could send a chapbook collection. *hint*

Tess MacKall said...

Hugs to you. Your poetry is amazing and one day everyone is going to want it all at the same time. lol

But like someone said above, you have a great spirit and you will no doubt be successful...