Here are my March statistics:
Poetry: Sent to seven journals (The Pinch, Diode, Massachusetts Review, Poetry East, Thirteen Ways, and two contests), no acceptances, five rejections (Cold Mountain Review, Diode, Epoch, Cider Press Review, and one contest).
Short fiction: A story originally published in Jewishfiction.net in 2011 was accepted for a Press 53 anthology, Volume II of Everywhere Stories. Three rejections of a short story from Literary Mama, One Story, and Apogee.
Creative nonfiction: Sent to one journal (Jewish Literary Journal), no acceptances, two rejections from Tiferet and River Teeth.
Yes, indeed, March was a month of rejections. But I am inspired by Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s Writing Poetry to Save Your Life. I’m taking a class at the moment with her and Laura Boss and I would really like to get into the habit of writing a new poem each day. I am also gearing up for a National Poetry Month event in my hometown at the Kearny Public Library where I’ll be reading with library director Josh Humphrey.
Question for you
I’ll reiterate last month’s offer: 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.