I have a much longer ‘end of year’ post lined up but for now I thought I’d post a quick subs update for this year.
40 poems submitted to 11 magazines: 33 declined, 7 accepted (17.5%) by 5 magazines.
7 poems entered for competitions: 1 x 2nd place, 6 x ducks.
2 x poems included in anthologies (invitation/non competitive, both new poems).
2 x poems included in anthologies (competitive, both previously published poems).
3 x pamphlet submissions: 1 shortlisted (last 20), 3 declined.
Currently out: 6 to competitions, 7 to magazines (of which 7 are resubs and 5 new).
As I suspected, I’ve sent out significantly fewer poems in 2016 than in previous years. But checking back on 2015 I also see that several of the ‘declined’ or unplaced poems have subsequently been published elsewhere (6 of the 23 poems submitted to competitions and 9 of those declined by magazines).
There are many reasons for the low send rate, not just laziness (although that comes into it): illness, confidence ebbing as certain poems I was sure about have been continually rejected, and not writing enough decent new material. I’m planning to do better in 2017 though – I’ve already lined up for myself a ‘start a poem a day’ in January and am going to permit myself writing time rather than snatch it guiltily when there’s nothing else I ‘ought’ to be doing.
I’m always interested in other people’s stats – I’m aware some people send out MUCH more than me, and others who scarcely send out at all. Do use the comments box to share your own experience if you’d like to.
Oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS of course – thank you for taking the time to read this blog and I wish you joy, health & peace.