Woo Hoo! My poem “There are Species of Stars Yet to be Seen ” has been accepted for publication for Issue #37 (The Road theme) of Slipstream due out in Summer 2017!
One of my flash fiction pieces has been accepted by Lunch Ticket, an Arts and Literary magazine from the mfas at Antioch unversity!
“My poems “To Someone” and “O Aleppo” were accepted and will be in the next print and electronic edition of the Wild Women’s Medicine Circle Journal!
The Northern Virginia Literary Review Issue 31 will come out March 21 with my poem in it. My contributor copies are being sent to me.
My essay was just accepted for publication by Mothers Always Write-a literary magazine by mothers for mothers. It will be in an upcoming issue! And yes, it’s about my mom.
The cover of my new book DreamPoem is done and looks fantastic thanks to Michelle Goodhew from Mundus Media Inc. I won the book cover package for free and its really cool!
That’s about all the writing news for now!
One of my poems was just accepted by the magazine Maintenant. Maintenant is an annual magazine of contemporary DADA art and literature. I am so excited to be in this. The issue comes out in June, but I have a sneak peak for you of the cover. My piece will be in here!
My poem for Literary Orphans Journal comes out Monday and I will share the link, and I just got one accepted into Hermes Poetry Magazine. My line was also accepted into the “Epic Protest Poem” going on. I also just received the proof pages for the Paragram Poetry Anthology where I was long-listed for the prize so I am in the anthology, and as I showed the cover of (Broken Atoms in our Hands), the other anthology I am in has been published.
Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This is a compilation of poets of which I am one.
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Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands
All proceeds from sales will be donated to the Women’s Center in Downtown Los Angeles helping homeless women, some of whom are survivors of trafficking and abuse.
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Otherwise my life has been full of rejections, many like this:
Thank you for entering december’s 2016 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize and for your patience in awaiting a reply. The volume and the quality of the contest submissions were extraordinarily high. We enjoyed reading your poems and it was very close (particularly for “Coniunctio,” with its incredible moments of insight and killer ending), but ultimately none of them generated a consensus among our editorial staff.”
So nothing to say but onward and upward!
Many emerging writers come to me when they find they are struggling with their WIP. I always begin with the same question, “What is your story about?” Often, I get this response, “Well, my story isn’t plot-driven. It is a character-driven story.”
I have no plot…and please stop asking me because it makes me want to drink heavily.
There really is no such thing as a purely character-driven story. Character and plot are like two keyed cogs. One drives the other. The plot pushes the protagonist to grow and as the character grows, this in turn drives the plot.
For instance, in The Lord of the Rings the plot problem (Toss evil ring in a volcano before power-hungry necromancer takes over Middle Earth) is what forces the Hobbits to leave The Shire. Ah, but once they leave, how they respond to escalating threats determines plot.
For instance, they…
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I just received this from the Editor-in-Chief of Chicago Literati!
I absolutely LOVED your essay! Your writing style reminds me a bit of Milan Kundera. It’s my personal pleasure to announce that your essay will be published today on Chicago Literati.
You’ll receive a link to your published short story within the hour.
Your essay was published today on Chicago Literati! We’ve provided you with a link to your work so you can share it with your loved ones.
As mentioned previously, I have some new work coming out in literary journals. One of them came out today and has two of my poems in it! It isn’t free so I can’t show you the poetry but its a great journal so support literary efforts and buy a copy if you can! I can show you the cover though! They have published my poems Emergence and Green Language. The magazine is called Ink In Thirds. If you buy the print version, you get the digital version free!
Cover reveal Issue 8 December 1, 2016. Photo by @circleMstudios
The day has finally come! BlazeVOX Journal Fall 2016 is out with two of my poems in it. Just click on the link to read tons of good poetry, fiction and much more! I am proud they accepted two of my works. So read away! BlazeVOX Fall 2016 link is right here. Scan down to the names under poetry and you can click to read any of their poems. My name (KD ROSE) is there too- so click and read (You have to click this link here to the actual journal to read contents) http://www.blazevox.org/index.php/journal/ Oh- and you can also read my biography among the others at the end.
Well, at least I can say I’ve made it to the top tier of rejection letters. I’ve had glowing accounts of my work, my voice, and the knowledge that it made it to the final round, but in all these cases, something just didn’t fit right for what they wanted.
Aghhh! I’m glad I am working with someone on refining my work. I feel like its there in many cases ( there being should be published) but needs refining in others. It’s finding places whose “there” is the same as my “there” that’s hard.
Then there is the number of journals I am now reading. It helps immensely (just like they say) to read the journals you’re trying to get into. But neither are we all rich, so it comes down to picking a few to sample across the board ( * and never forget that many journals offer some parts free online and others even more online that you can read to get a sense of where you’re submitting.) I’ve found that it’s reading them over and over though across issues that really helps get a sense of a journal. So in the end its partially trying to fit what someone wants and partially keeping your own voice and style and finding quality fits.
Submit with abandon? Send out a story that’s already received 20 rejections? Keep going? Call it quits? Should you send an edited piece to a magazine that passed on an older draft? Kim Winternheimer talks submission strategies.
Submission strategies are a tricky thing. Every emerging writer I know discusses submission failures and victories, and it’s a topic that pops up in conference panels and workshop often.
Writers talk about submitting because the process itself is the road to publication. Because success in selling stories rests entirely on that effort. Writers lament and analyze the form rejection they receive after eight long months, and applaud the personalized request for more work. Writers talk about the process because they want to see how others are navigating the labyrinth, and, because silently they wonder: am I tackling submissions the right way?
I am a huge fan of Karen Russell’s stories and remember a time I was waiting for her to sign a copy of, St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves. I had planned to ask what her first Big Publication was, and when it happened in her career. I think I was hoping for advice about submitting. That Karen Russell (the Karen Russell) would pass down a piece of information I could replicate.
When I got to the table I asked: “What was your first Big Publication?” Karen replied, “It was The New Yorker. That was my first publication.” “Ever?” I asked. She smiled and nodded, yes. Then she added: “I got very lucky.”
I mention this because most writers—even very successful ones—don’t publish their first story in The New Yorker. And while every person’s path to publishing is different, I think most new writers understand the broad strokes are often the same: land stories in literary magazines, land stories in some great literary magazines, land an agent, sell a novel or story collection.
So it’s hard. The New Yorker hasn’t gotten back to you. Maybe we haven’t gotten back to you, and there’s that nagging question again: am I tackling submissions the right way?
As an editor who sees and processes a lot of stories, certain submission strategies are apparent. We see multiple stories from the same writer in the same contest (as many as six to ten), we see stories from writers with long stretches between submissions, and we see submissions from writers only once.
I do feel that the kind of writer you are and the goals you have for your writing dictate your submission strategy. For example, prolific writers can submit multiple new stories to a contest at the same time without compromising quality, while others submit new work intermittently. Some writers value the long bio, while others value the short and extremely impressive one. Here are a few strategies and issues I see with submissions. (Please note: it is impossible to go through the many varied and personal ways a person can go about submitting because each writer is different, is affected differently by the process, and has different goals for her writing.)
Top-Tier Publication Goals
What kind of writer are you? And what are you goals? For writers seeking top-tier publications, be realistic about what that means. With so few spaces for new writers who submit through the slush, this strategy inevitably means long wait times and many rejections. Take Tin House for example. They publish one new writer in each issue. That means they take one story that is probably not from an agent. That means out of the thousands of stories they receive each year, four are published from the slush. Four. And while an acceptance from a publication like Tin House will do wonders for your visibility, prepare yourself for the realities of this strategy. (It is worth noting they have an excellent track record of publishing flash fiction from new writers online and their platform offers incredible visibility. We love you Tin House!) If rejections get you down you might be compromising confidence and the enjoyment of the process by setting your sights too high. It’s also true that you might land the publication of your dreams.
I think it is a strong strategy to have both top-tier and medium-tier publication goals for your work. I also think it is wise to submit to handful of those when you feel your story is ready, lets say ten, and see what kind of feedback you receive before moving on to the other publications on your list. If you are getting all form rejections, it might be worth revisiting the piece, workshopping the story with friends, and editing before moving forward. I always think it’s wise to revisit a story after a little time away from it, but if you are getting positive feedback, then consider moving forward to the next round of lit mags on your list.
When To Call It Quits
No outside opinion can take the place of a writer’s instincts for her work, so if you are submitting a story that you really believe in, I don’t think there is ever a time when you should quit on it. I do think you should continue receiving feedback and improving on the piece to give the story its best chance, but trust your instincts. There are stories that simply aren’t meant to be published and there are those you should never give up on. I believe strongly that if you continue to service your work and grow as a writer, if you continue to believe in a piece, you will find a home for it.
Submitting The Same Story To A Lit Mag That Already Rejected It
We have writers ask if they should submit a story we’ve already seen, but for a different contest or category. Lets say, they received some positive feedback during our Short Story Award For New Writers, but it wasn’t accepted for publication. Should they submit it to New Voices? Our Fall Fiction Contest? Again, this is a matter of preference, but with The Masters Review we consider all the work we read for publication. If a story isn’t the winner of a contest, but we want to publish it anyway, we will accept that piece. With that said, if we passed on your story I think it’s a waste of a submission fee to send it to us again. Are there exceptions? Of course. If you’ve drastically improved the piece or reworked it so that it is a totally different version of the story we first saw, then please send it our way. But in the end, more than your submission fee, we want to see your best work. And we want to publish that work. If we rejected a story originally we would probably like to see something new from you.
Submitting to The Same Magazine With Different Work
I can’t emphasize enough that continuing to submit to the same literary magazine is something you absolutely should do. As editors, we have a long list of writers whom we’ve declined but are eager to see work from. It’s terrible to think they might not submit to us again when their work is so close and such a strong fit, but has otherwise been beat out by other stories. We’ve published several authors who first received rejections from us. They stayed in the game. They serviced their work, and in the end, they sold us a story.
The Right Fit
It almost feels silly to comment on submitting work to a literary magazine that publishes the kind of thing that you write, but you would be surprised to see the submissions we receive (poetry for example, when we do not publish poetry) that are immediate rejections because of fit. A writer should have a strong understanding of the kinds of stories a magazine publishes to improve their chances. Topically and in terms of style and tone, fit is tricky, but you will only improve your chances by reading that lit mag and knowing what kinds of stories they publish. Still, it’s an obvious statement that many writers, in their zeal to publish, ignore. Do the research. It pays off. (At the very least, read submission guidelines!)
I feel strongly that outside of specific submission strategies, the cream rises. If you continue to submit, that means you are continuing to write, and the strongest strategy for submission success is writing, writing, and writing. As your work improves, the publications will come—and then the very good publications will come. Sit down and edit your work. Don’t be afraid of change and don’t be afraid to move on from a story or set it aside. Your writing might not be where you want it, but you know a good story when you read one. When your talents as a writer and your ability to identify what you love in fiction intersect, you will have success.
by Kim Winternheimer