In the Spirit of Poetry Has Value

Inspired by Erika Dreifus and her guest blogs at Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value, I decided to track my literary submissions—or offerings, if you prefer—on a monthly basis. Sure, I’d been tracking them in Excel, but I wasn’t really look at what goes out and what comes in. The monthly view allows that. And let’s face it, during the semester, I don’t send anything out really.

Here are my January statistics:

Poetry: Sent to 13 journals (a poetry prize, PMS, Split Rock Review, Souvenir, Potomac Review, Epoch, Cider Press Review, Copper Nickel, West Branch, Naugatuck River Review, Salamander, Cold Mountain Review, Blue Lyra Review), no acceptances, one rejection (West Branch)

Short fiction: Sent to three journals (Tishman Review, Masters Review, Literary Mama), no acceptances, no rejections

Creative nonfiction: Sent to one journal (Hippocampus), one acceptance (Minerva Rising), no rejections

And my February statistics:

Poetry: Sent to four journals (Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, Thrust, Adroit, BOAAT), one acceptance from Blue Lyra Review, and four rejections from Souvenir, Thrust, Adroit, and Split Rock Review)

Short fiction: Sent to two journals (Apogee and Jewish Women’s Literary Annual), no acceptances (yet), two rejections from Tishman Review and Masters Review 

Creative nonfiction: Sent to one journal (Minerva Rising), no acceptances, no rejections

I know that receiving rejections means I’m getting my work out there. Publication can only happen if the work gets out. So, onward in March. I now have a poetry critique partner. We’ve decided to exchange two poems every two weeks. I’ll be attending the four-week Mature Poets Workshop hosted and led by the indomitable duo of Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss. The poem recently accepted, “Bei Mir Bistu Shayn,” I wrote with Laura at a December retreat.

Question for you

Join me in baring your writer’s offerings. I’m opening up The Whole Megillah to guest bloggers. You can blog about sending out your work in any genre—poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, picture books, novels, whatever. Just comment to this post and we’ll work up a plan.


About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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10 Responses to In the Spirit of Poetry Has Value

  1. Rachel Hall says:

    I love the honesty of this–plus, it reminds us that sending out work is work too, so good job with all those submissions! I’d love to guest blog. I’ve got a book of stories coming out in Sept with a Jewish theme. I could blog about the sweet bliss of acceptance after many rejections and how we know (or don’t know) to push on with a particular story/essay/poem.

  2. This is really great (and impressive!) to see, Barbara. I’ve had trouble lately locating any info online for the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. Can you please point me to their current guidelines? Many thanks.

  3. Erika D. says:

    Grr–my previous comment disappeared before I had a chance to adjust the text for my name. I’m posting here only as myself–not on behalf of FTB!

    • Erika D. says:

      And now it looks as though that comment didn’t “take.” What I’d said was this: This post is so impressive, Barbara, and I’m glad that the PHV project has offered some inspiration. I’m also curious about the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, which I’ve had trouble tracking down online in recent months. Can you please point me to their current info/guidelines? Thanks so much!

      • The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual does not have an online presence. But I’ll email you privately with the names of the folks I’ve been dealing with. I have a persona poem coming out in the next issue.

  4. Rachel Hall says:

    I’m not sure my previous comment went through…but I love this post for the way it reminds us that submitting is work too. Good job getting so much work out there where it may very well find its way into other reader’s hands!
    I’d love to guest blog! My collection of linked stories, HEIRLOOMS, is coming out in the fall with BkMk press. It was selected by Marge Piercy for their Sharat Chandra book prize.

  5. I’m so glad the work that I (and now all the fabulous monthly guest bloggers) have been doing at Poetry Has Value has been inspiring to you. It’s wonderful to see. Great work!

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