Submissive Types

Joseph Scapellato over at Gulf Coast’s blog recently wrote about the process of submitting to literary journals and the reasons we must participate in this act.

The message is obvious, breaking down the why, what, and how of submitting your work. My colleagues know that I will do exactly what Scapellato cautions writers against: wait until I feel it’s 100% to send it out. Note to self: nothing is 100%.

puhakOver the past six months with the urging of Shelley Puhak and her ingenious submission system (that doesn’t sound quite right) that she shared with me, I’ve discovered exactly what Scapellato details in his blog post. I forced myself to send poems that weren’t in my mind in the top 10, hell, even the top 20 of poems stacked in corners of my writing loft begging for a readership. It turns out, the ones I disliked the most were in fact the ones that compelled editors to write to me about their “vigor.”

Submitting is a complicated, time-sucker of a process that is a necessity. Hell, even Gertrude Stein got rejected!

I’m off to work on becoming the submissive type.

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