23 individual poems and short fictions accepted by 15 different magazines/publications this year.
A total of 16 poems and short fictions will be published in 10 different magazines by the end of 2015.
19 rejections. Since I don’t log my submissions in a spreadsheet anymore, I just went through my submissions email folder. 15 of those rejections are on Submittable with maybe more to come before the end of the year.
>25 withdrawals. I don’t keep track of this either, but I know that in one day I had to make almost 17 withdrawal letters after 3 poems were consecutively accepted by different 3 places. This is also probably why rejection numbers were so low this year, they all got funneled into withdrawals instead.
6 forthcoming publications coming in 2016 so far.
Of the 23 acceptances, ~40% of them are paying (9 poems/stories in 7 mags), and of those that pay, 5 of the mags also provided contributor copies (that I know of as some are still forthcoming). Another acceptance did not pay (as the profits went to charity) but did provide a contributor copy.
I have 6 pieces published/forthcoming in 4 Canadian lit mags.
*(I didn’t include any reprints in these acceptance counts, but had a poem included in After the Pause’s Year One anthology.)
First Best of the Net nomination from Gone Lawn for “Entomophobia”.
First Pushcart Prize nomination from Noble Gas Quarterly for “roots”
Second Pushcart Prize nomination from Flapperhouse for “the things that are left behind”.
First time my work has appeared in audio format when a poem (”insomnolence”) and short fiction (”Scorch”) of mine were read on the brilliant Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon, ep #62.
First guest blog post for Alternating Current (for Poet’s Day). This was a lot of fun to write and I’m still quite proud of it. :)
Guest post for Projectx40C’s My Asian Artist Experience series.
Artist spotlight in Rain, Party, & Disaster.
Best Acceptance Letters: Noble/Gas Qtrly, Outlook Springs, Flapperhouse.
Nicest Mags to Work With: Noble/Gas Qtrly, Flapperhouse, Looseleaf Magazine, untethered.
Best Rejections: Lockjaw Mag, Sundog Lit, Witch Craft Mag.
2015 was an extremely hectic year in my personal life and I’m kind of surprised so much has happened, especially when I look at the numbers and realize how much I’d actually forgotten about in all the chaos. I’m very lucky and thankful for all the talented writers and editors of the literary community, for all the quality work, motivation, and support they provide.
A ghost poem called “aurora” was accepted by Gravel Magazine and will appear in their December issue.
A couple more strange poems, “letter #1″ and my sleep paralysis/dream journal poem “an inventory of temporary deaths” are forthcoming in the next issue of The Mondegreen. I actually like these poems, which is a rare enough occurrence as it is, so I’m extra excited to see them published in a mag that I admire.
I was asked to send something over to Outlook Springs, since the editor enjoyed “an inventory of instruction manuals” in Flapperhouse. I was expecting an awkward rejection, but instead my experimental checklist, “An Inventory at the End of the World”, will be published in March 2016. It’s a bit of a wait, but more so because I’m excited to share it. They also sent one of the nicest acceptance letters I’ve ever received, so I highly recommend sending something over to them. They look like a wonderfully surreal and strange literary magazine.
And in totally unexpected, but awesomely flattering news, my poem “roots” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the wonderful Noble/Gas Quarterly. The fact that I’m in such great company here is way cooler than the fact that I even got a nomination, so go read the work of the other, super talented nominees.