Poetry: I sent packets of poems to 11 journals (Whale Road Review, Rattle, The Common, Museum of Americana, Green Mountains Review, Lascaux Review, Foundry, Black Warrior Review, IDK Magazine, Diagram, Exit 13). I entered three poems in a contest and my chapbook, Pounding Cobblestone, in one contest and submitted to one publisher. The publisher offered me a contract. When I receive the countersigned document, I’ll reveal the details. 2 rejections (Lascaux Review and Potomac Review). 0 acceptances of individual poems. I continue to work on weekly poems with my poetry mentor.
Fiction: 4 submissions of one flash fiction story I wrote earlier this year (Flash Fiction Magazine, Typehouse, Rumble Fish Quarterly, Hobart). However, one of these publications in its online version wrote “Forward” instead of “Foreword.” That makes me antsy. 0 acceptances, 0 rejections. I was inspired to submit by a conversation with The Whole Megillah’s Online Fiction workshop about flash fiction.
Creative Nonfiction: 5 submissions of a revised essay (Yemassee, 1966, Souvenir, Southern Indiana Review, Persimmon Tree), 0 acceptances, 0 rejections. I have one essay in progress, now with my Food Memoir instructor for feedback. Starting January 8 I’m taking another online essay/memoir course at Creative Nonfiction Magazine and should generate another three essays.
Other December 2017 activities: I completed the Food Memoir class and that dredged up all kinds of memories. My agent submitted my Holocaust novel in verse to a publisher. I’ve revised an essay and (finally) revised my YA Holocaust novella. I gave a poetry reading in Red Bank, New Jersey to promote my chapbook, Chicken Fat. And, I completed another article for Cobblestone, the kids’ history magazine.
Coming up in January!
Finishing an educational title, continuing revisions on my novella, working on a couple of academic articles, preparing for the spring semester. I’d like to write for a couple more kids’ magazines. I’m still catching up on book reviews. If any of you is an expert at using Excel for statistical analysis, I’d love to hear from you!
2017 Year-End Statistics
I’m not very proud of these:
Poetry: 38 submissions, 5 acceptances, 33 rejections
Creative Nonfiction: 51 submissions, 4 acceptances, 32 rejections
Fiction: 8 submissions, 2 rejections