Since I sent a lot of work out in September, it’s only inevitable that rejections poured in during October.
Here are my October statistics:
Poetry: No acceptances to report, but a poem was published last week on reformjudaism.org’s blog. I’m very proud of my Emma Lazarus blog post, because it includes this poem and showcases the research I did while a fellow at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati. I sent out a chapbook manuscript, Chicken Fat, to four competitions. I received nine rejections from Agni, A Public Space, Gettysburg Review, Redivider, Lascaux Review, Rust + Moth, Hermeneutic Chaos, Potomac Review, and Minerva Rising. I’m not discouraged; it’s part of the numbers game, and one of the rejections was personal. I’m at work on another chapbook manuscript, tentatively entitled The Beetle of Terezín.
Fiction: My short story, “Last Survivor,” inaugurated Lilith’s fiction blog in October. I was thrilled when my university’s provost included this achievement in his last campus-wide email. I withdrew this short story, which had been sitting in inventory for nearly two years, from a contest.
Creative Nonfiction: Nothing to report here, but I hope to begin crafting something new.
Question 4U: How is your writing going? Have you determined any specific submission strategies?