The spring semester is now over and I can return to writing!
Poetry: 2 submissions (Foundry and Cimarron Review), and 3 rejections to report (Ilanot Review, Green Mountains Review, Manhattanville Review).
Fiction: Continuing work on my Prague story. Rejection of a flash fiction piece by Copperfield Review.
Creative Nonfiction: I am actively sending out five essays. In May I submitted to the following: Punctuate, Front Porch, Origins, Malahat Review, Threepenny Review, The Sun, Amaranth Review, Yemassee Review, The Puritan, Paris Review, Lascaux Review, American Scholar, Lilith, Gettysburg Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, and Jewish Literary Journal. That’s 17 subs in total. But now that the semester has ended, many journals have temporarily closed until the end of summer or start of the fall semester. Two fast rejections came from Threepenny Review and The Sun.
My pedagogy piece, “Stick Figures in Action: Teaching Revision through Storyboarding,” has just been published by Whale Road Review.
Academic: Acceptance of my first peer-reviewed journal article, “No Stone Unturned: Grove Street’s Jewish Cemetery,” in New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. The article is slated for Summer 2017 publication. This cemetery is where my great-grandparents are buried and was the subject of my final project in my graduate Historical Preservation class in Fall 2015.
Picture Books: I need to work on revisions for at least two mss., but I’ve not done anything.
Other news: I’ve been accepted into the National Yiddish Book Center’s Tent Program for Jewish Children’s Writers in August in Amherst, Massachusetts. I’ll be workshopping a middle-grade something, either a biography or historical novel in verse.
Upcoming June 2017 activities: Highlights Novels in Verse Workshop, presentation about Holocaust kidlit (and the debut of my new website and database) at the annual Association of Jewish Libraries conference.
Question 4U: What has your activity been like?
Hi Barbara. For your essays–are you sending simultaneous submissions?
I’ve had a short essay accepted at Sunlight Press online journal. I’ve begun juggling multiple projects and found that my productivity increased. Submitting creative nonfiction to several competitions and journals. Revising short short stories. Reunited with my YA novel-in-progress.
I submit to maybe 5 journals at a time for an individual piece. Sounds like you’re having a great period of creativity! I’m working on a novel in verse and a YA biography–excited about both.