When you’re a submitting writer, it’s part of the natural course of things that some weeks go better than others. Rejections usually come in bunches, and they come more frequently in the fall, when school is back in, journals are opening for submissions, and everyone is looking to get a head start on the coming year’s work load.
Having occupied many roles in the publication cycle, from the rejector to the rejectee, the acceptor to the acceptee, I am quite fascinated and appreciative of the whole process. A lot of work goes in at all ends, making the moments when it all comes together that much more worth it.
New poem in Issue 9 of River & Sound Review
Last week, my poem “The White Between the Frames” was featured in Issue 9 of A River and Sound Review. This crew doesn’t operate too far from me, and about a year and a half ago I had the honor of winning their five minute poem challenge. The editing team was a real treat to work with on some revisions of the poem, and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable publication processes I’ve ever been a part of.
So, if you haven’t already, please take the time to read through their latest issue, and if you don’t already, follow them on Twitter (@RSRSeattle) and Facebook. Poetry editor Michael Schmeltzer runs the show online, and he’s always ready with a good quip or a Philosoraptor-worthy question. But yeah, check ’em out and tell them what good work they do.
Diegesis nominated for a Pushcart
On Saturday morning I learned that “if this opening could react…,” the first poem from my collaboration with Joshua Young (@The_Story_Thief), The Diegesis, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It’s always great to wake up to an announcement like this, especially when you’re just sitting around in bed checking Facebook. Good luck to all the other Gold Wake Press nominees: Tasha Cotter (@ToshCotter), for “Drinking the Galaxy at the Venus Castle Ice Cream Shop”; Anne Champion (@AnneChampion13), for “Villanelle for Past Lovers”; Sarah E Colona, for “Memory & Forgetting”; and Kristina Marie Darling & Carol Guess, for “Used Car Lot.”
Finally, I also recently had a poem called “Tree Spiders” accepted in The Oyez Review. This was one of the first non-zombie poems I’ve worked on in a while, and it might even be the start of a new project, depending on where this and a few others take me. Thanks to the editors at Oyez Review (@OyezReview) for the acceptance, and I’m looking forward to seeing the new issue early next year!