Dear oh dear. Well, I promise to deliver the ‘ups and downs’ of poetry submissions, and 2018 was slim pickings for sure.
Number of poems sent out to journals: 25
Number accepted: 4
Number declined: 15
Number awaiting reply: 6 (3 have been out for 300 days/43 weeks, 3 for 53 days/8 weeks)
Number poems entered in competitions: 10
Number poems placed in competitions: 0 (1 was ‘highly commended’)
I had 4 poems in anthologies and took part in one poetry installation.
I also wrote two private (yes, paid!) commissions.
In previous years I’ve been sending 40 to 50 poems out to journals, so in some ways 2018 was a slack year. It’s not that I haven’t been writing. I think maybe I’m more cautious about what I send, and I spend more time than I used to trying to decide the most appropriate place to send each poem. On the other hand anthologies, installations and commissions are very interesting and it’s exciting to be branching out a bit.