Friday, August 01, 2008
One of my summer goals was to do a lot of writing and to submit it on a regular basis. Well I've been doing the writing but have taken the lazy route and not looked for places to submit. That is always the hardest part of writing for me. I tend to go through cycles of writing a lot, researching contests, publishers and journals, submitting in a flurry for a couple months, and then sitting back to wait for results. Most of the time that means collecting rejections and getting discouraged enough to go back into hiding. I was cleaning out some book shelves last week and found a 1999 copy of the Writer's & Illustrator's Guide to Children's Book Publishing and Agents. That's how long it's been since I did any serious research.
A couple weeks ago Sara challenged me to be submitting my work for print publication. I realize that if I have posted a poem here for Friday Poetry I probably can't circulate it for print publication. A long time ago I did have some things in print... before I discovered how much fun it is to publish it myself on a blog. But I really want to be in print. On paper. Edited and published by professionals.
So I've had to make a tough decision. I am going to keep up writing at least one finished poem a week but I am not going to post them anymore for Friday Poetry. I'm going to work on them till they are polished and I am going to find places to submit. Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to tell you where you can find them if you want to read them.
I going to get down on my knees and beg you to tell me where you think I could submit. Help me out and tell me where you think you would run across poems like mine. What's your favorite poetry journal that is open to unsolicited submissions?
And that's my Friday Poetry post and my One Brave Thing all rolled into one. Big breath.
Read the poetry others have shared this weekend at The Well Read Child. And now I'm off to the beach with the kiddos. Enjoy your weekend!