So, 2012 saw the arrival of Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, winner of Main Street Rag’s 2011 Chapbook Contest. This past year was also the year that I tackled the 100 rejection goal – a goal I failed miserably. I didn’t even get 100 submission packets out the door. By my tally marks, I only sent 56 submissions out. Out of these submissions, I received 33 rejections and 15 acceptances. I had to withdraw 4 submissions and I still have 4 submission packets out for consideration.
For those of you wondering about my exploration in other genres, I’m still writing. I have written two short stories (flash fiction — both stories were under 1000 words). I sent both out, and got two rejections notes (included in the tally above). However, I’m doing more reading of short stories. I learned to write poetry by reading poetry, so I’m assuming that it works the same way with fiction. Right now, I’m reading What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg, a collection of short stories about lives revolving around extraordinary things (Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, etc). It’s a wonderful read!
Goals for the new year? I know that I have several friends who are hinting that I get a full length submission packet ready to go. I’m trying, I really am. But for now, I’m going to keep it simple. Writing Resolution One: Post one poetry book review per month. Writing Resolution Two: Once again, try for another year of 100 rejections. At the very least, I want to beat my goal of 33 rejections from last year. And, in doing so, hopefully, I will send out more submissions! Writing Resolution Three: Continue my exploration into other writing genres. I would love to post more about what I’m doing with short stories, but the process still feels so very new to me.
Happy New Year Everyone! May all of you be happy and safe and productive (if you want to be productive, that is) in the months to come!