#100rejections — The Final Tally, an…A?

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Final accountability check-in for this challenge! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as one acceptance.

December, 2017 — 12 New Rejections, 7 New Acceptances, 20 New Submissions

2017 FINAL TALLY — 95 Rejs / 23 Accs / 105 Subs

  • Clementine Unbound, Rejection (personal)***
  • Leaves of Ink, Acceptance
  • DIALOGIST, Rejection
  • Gone Lawn, Acceptance
  • After the Pause, Rejection
  • Dunes Review, Rejection
  • Inflectionist Review, Acceptance
  • The Mantle, Rejection
  • Allegro, Rejection
  • Riddled With Arrows, Acceptance
  • Ink In Thirds, Acceptance
  • Gyroscope Review, Acceptance
  • Rust + Moth, Rejection
  • Valparaiso Review, Rejection
  • West Branch, Rejection
  • Into the Void, Rejection
  • Liminal Stories, Rejection
  • Poetry Breakfast, Rejection
  • Ekphrastic Review, Acceptance

*** A personal rejection, also known as a tiered rejection is sort of like a half-way point between a rejection and an acceptance. It means the editors passed on the work, but otherwise left a positive commentary of some kind in the rejection notice that was unique to you or your work, or added a personal note of appreciation. This is the first one I’ve thought to make note of, and definitely the first one I’ve received in a while. I’m excited about this one because I’d love to be published in this journal, so it feels like one little step closer! Also, they liked one of the poems that I really like, too, so that was just plain nice.

So. I decided on December 21 that I was done submitting. With the holidays coming, several life-stuff things to prepare for, and the likelihood of editorial attention dwindling sharply with the arrival of Christmas break, I called it “done.” At that time, I had collected about 88 rejections, plus still had 13 outstanding submissions. So in one sense, I did make it to 100 (ish, sorta).

That meant I was prepared and willing to accept whatever results came in (or didn’t) at that point, and I was also going to choose to be pleased with the success of my project (regardless of my final tally’s relationship to the number “100”).

When I hit 90 rejections, in my mind I won. I also realized that, with the summer of transition and the exigencies of life and child-rearing consuming my attention mid-year, I had lost 5 full months of literary activity of any kind (no writing, reading, editing, or submitting). That means with the five bonus rejections that came in over the course of the next week or so, I’d gotten 95% of the way to my goal in less than 60% of the time I had originally allotted for the project. I’m good with that. Monthly average was about 2 acceptances per month, and my volume-submitting to the fastest responding markets (according to Duotrope) in November and December definitely paid off with a huge spike in both acceptances and rejections to finish the year with a bang. So I got a 95 out of a 100. That’s an “A” as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

I think next year I will change it up a bit. Maybe I will focus on submitting to pipe dream top-tier markets only, or getting my full collections out there more. I can already feel 2018 percolating. It’s nice. Thanks to those who followed along, I hope you received something of value in the experience, too.

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Stay tuned to this blog for more news and poetry from Samara-land, a lot of the end-of-the-year acceptances will be coming out in the next 2 months!

Happy New Year, everyone.

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#100rejections — November Totals

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Accountability check-in-with-a-vengeance! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as one acceptance.

November, 2017 — 14 Rejections,  6 Acceptances, 16 New Submissions
Year to Date, 83 / 17-1 / 85

  • SOFTBLOW, Rejection
  • Amaryllis, Rejection
  • Black River Chapbook Competition, Rejection**
  • American Upheaval, Defunct (after prior Acceptance hence the -1 above — not counting it as a rejection either, though)
  • Cordella Magazine, Rejection**
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation (grant app), Rejection
  • Eunoia Review, Acceptance
  • The Penn Review, Rejection
  • Red Eft Review, Rejection
  • Anti-Heroin Chic, Acceptance
  • The Great American Poetry Show, Rejection
  • THRUSH, Rejection (personal!)***
  • Bomb Magazine, Rejection (personal)
  • New Verse News, Rejection
  • Plum Tree Tavern, Acceptance
  • *82 Review, Rejection
  • Bird’s Thumb, Acceptance
  • Front Porch Review, Acceptance
  • (b)OINK, Rejection
  • River Styx, Rejection
  • Christian Century, Acceptance

** Ghost rejection, hashtag sad-face.

*** A personal rejection, also known as a tiered rejection is sort of like a half-way point between a rejection and an acceptance. It means the editors passed on the work, but otherwise left a positive commentary of some kind in the rejection notice that was unique to you or your work, or added a personal note of appreciation. This is the first one I’ve thought to make note of, and definitely the first one I’ve received in a while. I’m excited about this one because I’d love to be published in this journal, so it feels like one little step closer! Also, they liked one of the poems that I really like, too, so that was just plain nice.

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Tune in after the new year for December tallies and the FINAL COUNT of rejections for 2017, to see if I made my goal. Happy submitting!

 

#100rejections — October Totals

I AM OVER THE HUMP from the Summer of Transition (spoiler alert, November activity picks back up as predicted!). I am including this blog post for the sake of continuity and accountability. Until then….

What is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as one acceptance.

Despite several months of literary inactivity, I decided I still wanted to make a run for the full 100 rejections by the end of the year. My tactic for November is to focus my efforts on submissions to the “Top 100 Fastest to Respond” Markets as listed on Duotrope. The tricky balance here is that many of them do not accept simultaneous submissions (given the fast response times, this seems fair to me), so it will be metaphorical game of chicken with the end of the year as I try to collect 31 more rejections in as little as 61 days. It will require regular activity, but I feel up to the challenge!

Side note, as part of my return to literary activity, I cleaned house on several submissions, including a couple of markets that went defunct, which I will not count toward my rejection tally. Crazy news is that one of the markets that went defunct had previously accepted a poem! So it goes.

October, 2017 — 1 Rejection, 1 Acceptance, 0 New Submissions
Year to Date, 69 / 11 / 69

  • AFTERMATH (Radix Media), Acceptance
  • The Harvard Review, Rejection

Tune in next month for November tallies (including another Acceptance!). Happy submitting!

#100rejections — August & September Totals

STILL RECOVERING from the Summer of Transition, so literary activity has come to a screeching halt out of family necessity. In fact, any activity I’ve had in recent months has been from submissions earlier in the year, but hey, it counts. I am including this blog post as a way of creating a through-line until November, when I anticipate ramping back up. Until then….

Accountability check-in! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as one acceptance.

August, 2017 — 3 Rejections, 0 Acceptances, 0 New Submissions
Year to Date, 66 / 10 / 69

  • LitMag, Rejection
  • The Paris Review, Rejection*
  • Memorious, Rejection

September, 2017 — 2 Rejections, 0 Acceptances, 0 New Submissions
Year to Date, 68 / 10 / 69

  • Calgary Poetry Contest, Rejection
  • The Southeast Review, Rejection*

*The journals marked with an asterisk (*) satisfy my secondary literary goal of submitting to as many top-tier journals as possible. See my January Totals post for details.

Tune in next month for October tallies (including one Acceptance!). Details on that and my strategy for making a comeback by the end of the year in the next #100rejections post. Happy submitting!

#100rejections — July Totals

Note: Life continues to throw me for summer loops, so literary activity has come almost to a screeching halt out of family necessity. I am including this blog post here as a way of creating a throughline until the Fall, when I anticipate ramping back up. Until then….

Accountability check-in! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as an acceptance. I’m aiming for 120 submissions by September 30 to accomplish this.

July, 2017 — 7 Rejections, 0 Acceptances, 0 New Submissions
Year to Date, 63 / 10 / 69

  • Augur Magazine, Rejection
  • PANK Magazine (again), Rejection*
  • The Atlantic (ghost), Rejection*
  • Heron Tree, Rejection
  • Honeysuckle Chapbook Contest, Rejection
  • Monarch Review, Rejection
  • Blackbird, Rejection

*The journals marked with an asterisk (*) satisfy my secondary literary goal of submitting to as many top-tier journals as possible. See my January Totals post for details.

Tune in next month for August tallies (such as they may be….)!

#100rejections — June Totals

Accountability check-in! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as an acceptance. I’m aiming for 120 submissions by September 30 to accomplish this.

June, 2017 — 8 Rejections, 4 Acceptances, 5 New Submissions (oopsy)
Year to Date, 56 / 10 / 69

  • Diode, Rejection*
  • Wildhood Project, Acceptance
  • After the Pause, Rejection
  • The New Yorker, Rejection*
  • Guernica, Rejection*
  • Frontier Poetry, Rejection
  • BOAAT Journal, Rejection
  • Salome, Rejection
  • Rise Up Review, Acceptance
  • Sixth Finch, Rejection
  • World Enough Writers Beer, Wine & Spirits Anthology, Acceptance
  • Onyx Neon Shorts, Acceptance (?)**

*The journals marked with an asterisk (*) satisfy my secondary literary goal of submitting to as many top-tier journals as possible. See my January Totals post for details.

**This one is still debatable to me – a poem I had withdrawn from this packet was originally accepted by this market, and when I called their attention to the withdrawal email I’d sent, they kindly inquired about the availability of a second poem in the packet instead. The catch is I have not heard back yet confirming they are definitely taking it. We’ll see what happens!

Noteworthy to me, I’m more than half way to my goal of 100 rejections at the 6 month mark, and June ended up being my densest acceptance month to date. Hooray for the midway successes!

This was a challenging and time-consuming month in terms of Life Activities. Summer started so childcare issues came to the fore, and with my daughter’s father away on a job contract, all childcare planning fell to me, as did the childcare rearranging as plans slipped through my fingers with alarming and exasperating regularity. Between missing her daddy and graduating from her favorite school, my little had a lot of needs and processing to work through, so that is what we did. I definitely fell off the submission wagon as a result, but that’s how it goes sometimes, and I regret nothing. In related news, my daughter is being well cared for, and I am getting an A in Literary Theory, which, can I just say, is a mind-blowing class, and completely relevant to certain cultural and social ills we are experiencing today. Just sayin’. Support the arts. They are trying to support you.

Tune in next month for July tallies!

#100rejections — May Totals

Accountability check-in! But first, what is #100rejections anyway?

I have decided to set the literary goal of accumulating 100 rejections this calendar year to facilitate sustained efforts toward publication. Submitting multiple poems to one market and having them all rejected counts as one rejection. Having any number of poems in the packet accepted means that submission counts as an acceptance. I’m aiming for 120 submissions by September 30 to accomplish this.

May, 2017 — 14 Rejections, 0 Acceptances, 16 New Submissions
Year to Date, 48 / 6 / 64

  • Sutra Press, Rejection
  • Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, Rejection
  • concīs, Rejection
  • Rattle: Poets Respond, Rejection*
  • Santa Ana River Review, Rejection*
  • Copper Nickel, Rejection*
  • Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contest, Rejection*
  • Chroma Magazine, Ghost rejection**
  • Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, Rejection
  • Plume Poetry (again), Rejection
  • Bellevue Literary Review, Rejection
  • Hematopoiesis Press, Rejection
  • The Sun Magazine, Rejection*
  • Bracken Magazine, Rejection

*The journals marked with an asterisk (*) satisfy my secondary literary goal of submitting to as many top-tier journals as possible. See my January Totals post for details.

**Some markets will only respond to the authors whose work they accept for publication, meaning if your work is not accepted you will simply never get a definitive answer. With the uncertainties already inherent in the submission process (like technical issues, lost email, etc), this is a deal-killer for me in terms of where I will choose to submit. While this non-response policy is usually stipulated in the market’s submission guidelines, occasionally a market will not advertise their non-response policy, or may change their policy after I’ve submitted. With Chroma, my submission had gone well past the estimated response time according to Duotrope, and when I looked at the guidelines on the website again, the journal was no longer accepting poetry. I took this to be a so-called “ghost rejection.”

Tune in next month for June tallies!