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scared to submit yer poems?

Coming off of several of my own posts about the process of submitting your work (and then thankfully being accepted!) I feel like this is an awesome post to share today. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard that advice to put that one odd poem in your submission. I have to remember to keep trying that.

LORENA PARKER MATEJOWSKY

I’ve been a reader for a #litmag for a  year now. If you are a writer just starting to submit, here’s a few tips from us folks behind the scenes:

  1. If the pub says send up to five poems, send five poems. Not just one or two.
  2. Best poem first.
  3. Put that one poem you feel weird about in there. You never know.
  4. Don’t be clever in the cover letter. Ever. Brief, boring and vaguely nice will suffice.
  5. I don’t care if you have never been published. We would love to be your first.
  6. Long lists of your every publication and award makes me do a little eye roll at this point in the game, which is early.

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Why I Don’t Publish My Poetry on My Blog

This is something I have been asked many times in person, even if so far it has not yet come up on the blog itself.

“Why don’t you publish your work on your blog? Don’t you want people to read it?”

Of course I want people to read it. I want that very, very much. But there is the very sticky issue of “previously published work” to deal with.

Right now I am working to find a place for my poetry in literary journals, both online and in print. Later, I hope to work toward a chapbook or a full-length collection. Publishers of books often don’t mind terribly if some of the poems they are publishing in a book first appeared in journals. It’s a combination of having a resume of your work as well as knowing that the readers of those journals have already seen your name, which might help in marketing. But publishers of journals, in most cases, want to be the first to show off your work. Many journals pride themselves on providing content never-before-seen. If a reader could go online to a blog or read a social media post and get the same content, why would they read or subscribe to a literary journal?

So unfortunately you will not see my work published here. This blog is for my musings on the process of writing and the process of publication, as well as other things that catch my fancy, both literary-related and not.

If at any time you would like to see where you can find my work, the Publications page will always be kept updated. For print journals and anthologies it will link you to a location to purchase that particular edition. For online journals and anthologies, you will find a link directly to my work or to the home page for that issue.

I hope this clears up for anyone wondering why I never post poetry. With any luck, the Publications page on this blog will continue to grow and you can find me there!