I just recently received my last rejction for 2011. For those who haven’t read these reports before know that I pull any submissions 6 months after I sent them out if there is no word so I can keep track of my work.
A few notes for this year:
- I started sending out my 2nd full length collection but then decided I would go with Sibling Rivalry Press for publication so that’ll be out in 2013!
- My 4th chapbook was out for contests considerations and was picked up by Finishing Line Press on its third visit out. It was also a finalist for another contest. It is, of course, out now.
- I didn’t really work on prose submissions this year or photography.
- This year I sent out fewer submission packets then last year, only 87 which I know is still a lot, but down from previous years. Out of those I had 29 accepted. That’s 33%! That’s up from the year before. Each year my amount has gone up and I think the “level” of the journals has gone up although I haven’t really focused on that.
I’ll be interested to see how the numbers go for 2012!
Howdy my Friday friends! Have you been writing? Did you send any of your work out? Try any reviews? Here’s some recapping for me:
- Recently a “back story” blog I wrote for Rose & Thorn Journal appeared. Love this idea of giving the story behind the poem they previously published.
- I did submit my first set of poems for the year!
- My once (and future?) publisher Sibling Rivalry has several shout outs in the terrific Tuck Magazine. Ya’ll remember Val B Russell who used to stop by here? That’s her baby! The shout outs included a review of Fat Girl.
- I managed to draft one poem – which is below. Not sure why I am being so provocative lately?
- Also finished the print issue of UCity Review’s summer issue. I had two poems in the issue but big shout out to Jim Valvis who was a featured poet for the issue. I especially liked his poems “The Grindstone” and “The Golden Age.”
- Andrea Beltran (who sometimes stops by here as well!) wrote a short review for Goodreads after picking up the eVersion of The Wait of Atom.
- If you haven’t been reading Hippocampus Magazine, you should! Hippo . . . is an online non-fiction publication with terrific stuff.
- And last in this list is a poem I read in Poetry Daily.
- Otherwise – gearing up for the start of the semester on Monday. Hoping I have more time to write, submit my work, and promote my work this semester!
Here is my poem for the week.
–and that poem is down so I can revise it
As always, I want to hear what you guys have been doing and I’m always open to comments on what I post here. All poems posted (my own and those in comments) will be taken down one week from today.
Ok – the amount of awesome I need to discuss is a bit daunting so I’m just going to dive in!
The photo I have included MAY be part of the cover design for my upcoming chapbook An Amateur Marriage which (for those who haven’t clicked through yet) is now on early pre-order at $12 from Finishing Line Press. I’ll be doing some additional mailings (snail and virtual) about this soon because it won’t be released until March but the pre-order time period (now until early January) determines the size of the press-run as well as how many contributor copies I receive. If you confirm you order a copy after reading this blog post, I will send you (or someone you designate) one of the last signature, limited edition copies of The Wait of Atom as a thank you.
Speaking of chapbooks, but Fat Girl was just reviewed in decomP. I LOVE decompP the magazine.
And now – not speaking of chapbooks, how about I had one poem publication to let you know about, but then (while checking my list) realized I had four others out there! So here are the links:
Then to speak not of my own poems how about the fantastic ones by Elizabeth Glixman up in Frigg where there are some equally amazing short stories by Erin Fitzgerald? See I told you there were layers and layers of awesome!
And now for the work in progress
–and the poem has a commute now!
Feel free to discuss my poem below and/or to post your own works in progress (or link to them). All poems will be removed this time next week.
Hoping to squeeze in a few minutes before heading to a training class to work on some submission packets. Have you guys been sending work out? Working on new stuff? Doing any variation of NaNoWriMo or NovPad Challenge?
Or not reading as much (or writing as much) but storing up new stuff like watching Married in America 2. What is it to be married in this day and age? Even us amateurly married for 13 years could use that as a writing prompt
It feels good to be at the computer at 3:30 on a hot afternoon with time to actually update my blog and to report that I actually had time to submit work this week!
- Submit: 5 sets of poems (lots of recently rejected poems and a few were new!) and sent my 2nd full length manuscript to another open reading period
- Accept: Had one poem accepted for a print journal and one essay for an online journal
- Reject: 2 sets of photos rejected (one assumed after 6 months of no response) 3 sets of poems (1 assumed and one with comments), no on 1 essay and no on a grant I applied for (although when I saw who got the grant I’m not surprised!) I also had to pull an essay that was accepted last year but the publication is not continuing to, well, publish.
I have been writing some these week. A few poem drafts have appeared in my notebook and I did quite a lot of revising, but no prose (except the few blogs) is bubbling up. I do have poems up in Scythe Literary Journal (which I LOVE!). Most of these poems are going to be in the upcoming chapbook from Finishing Line (anticipate 2012 release, pre-orders end of year or first of next?) which I am collecting snail mail addresses for. This is just so I can send out a promo post card letting you know when pre-orders are being taken. If you want to be on that list email me your snail mail address to (jessie.carty(at)gmail.com). Sorry US only for the post cards . . . (Debbie, Helen, Elizabeth I already have your addresses!)
I also had enough time (in my evenings…..) to finally finish some books I had in progress including: an issue of moonShine review where my first print fiction publication appeared (gorgeous journal inside and out), Selected Poems by Fanny Howe (not a highly recommended one but she does occasionally blow you away with openers like “when mirth sways like a mast” and The Best American Nonrequired Reading edited by Dave Eggers 2010 edition. Some AMAZING selections in this anthology which is edited, in part, by teens.
I’ve taken a lot of different professional development classes during this Summer Institute at my college, but the Quality Matters ones this week really have me thinking about design. These courses are to help you with course design (especially online courses) but I find it funneling down to my blog, my writing, the way I mow the lawn: a straight and steady path. :)
Thank you for everyone who keeps coming by to support this blog, my work and the work of the others who post here from time to time. You guys keep me blogging!
Have a great weekend!
FYI – busy week next week but I’ll try to be here!
*Cough* Yes, I have one of those painful coughs. I’ve managed to avoid the worst of it this season with a lot of help from fruits, veggies and maybe a little bit of airborne…but, my sinus’ finally gave in and said – ouch. I responded with OTC meds and a less than healthy meal last night with lots of Sprite to soothe things over. Still achy and such, but so glad this happened on a Thursday afternoon rather than earlier in the week cause all I’m doing now (as of 2pm) is working on submitting, revising and grading (when the system is working – seriously – might have to rethink how I have people turn in work in the future).
- Submitted: 6 including poems, essays and set of photographs (no fiction this week but I did finally type up the first two paragraphs of a short story I started in my notebook on 1-8-11…)
- Accepted: NADA this week
- Rejected: 4 – all essays. One was an assumed with a wait of WAY too long. Had some nice comments on two of them though.
I really spent a lot of time with the revisions and my notebook this afternoon when I probably should have been focused more on grading. I’ll definitely be grading and prepping this weekend more than I’d like. Hopefully, I can space it out so I don’t get burned out.
Speaking of burned out . . . dinner . . . if I had started one, It’d be burning right now cause I would have forgotten about it . . .
We should all be a bit goofy on Friday.
I know; I know; I haven’t been around; but, look, I just gave you a lovely string of semi-colons. Isn’t that something?
- Normally I’d post publications on a Friday (which I still may do before the end of the year) but this is a special circumstance as a story of mine Bound has been reprinted in the current issue of Blue Print Review so go by to take a look if you haven’t read the story or if you have you can also link over to lots of other great material.
- I also want to mention this documentary I watched called Between the Folds. I watched it on Netflix streaming but I ended up buying the DVD because I think it had such terrific things to say about the creative process. Highly recommend that!
- Well, shoot, since I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to check in on Friday how about some more me links?
- I have a poem up in Vox Poetica’s “bones” series titled THELMA (which is also a part of my re-envisioned 2nd full length manuscript – more on that in the future)
- You can hear me read a micro flash fiction piece (and read the piece) over at decomP. The piece is titled “Plastic Man” and I may call it PG-13. Why is my fiction always PG-13?
- And, finally, I also have a short fiction piece up in The Dead Mule titled Practicing Disaster. This piece may actually be the basis of what I’m calling a mosaic novel that I might start working on (I’ll explain that term in a later post as well I believe!) –oh and this particular fiction piece ISN’T PG-13, it just is.
I just realized I posted 6 things instead of normal 5..oh well..that’s my Christmas present to myself!
Hoping to have a few quick posts for you this week even though my husband is off THE WHOLE WEEK from work and will possibly be driving me crazy with “what’cha want to do now? you bored” and no he isn’t a 12 year old boy…
Here is wishing everyone a fun week and a happy holiday season no matter what you celebrate or meditate on.
Now, let’s go see if the “boy” (er man) is awake
Hehe and if he ever reads this – ya know I’m teasing – LOVE YOU!
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