Some of my poetry was accepted for the seventh issue of Twenty3 Magazine, however it’s a bit complicated. The magazine is restructuring* so I’m not exactly sure when my work will be published, or in what format. I’m not even sure which poem I submitted was accepted (I submitted three) but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’ll be sure and update as I discover more details 🙂
*I know a few details, but I’m not sure it’s my place to reveal them just yet 😉
A few months ago I made the mistake of submitting a poem to Poetry.com’s “poetry contest”. Oy. What a mistake!
As far as I can tell Poetry.Com doesn’t really have a contest — as soon as you submit your poem they start sending you notifications about how “Your wonderful poem has been selected to be included in such and such poetry anthology.” Then, though they assure you there is no obligation on your part to buy a copy, you really ought to because they expect to sell out very soon. Not only that, if you send them an extra X amount of dollars they will print your bio on the page opposite your poem — or you can get it laminated on a plaque — or rolled up and shoved into a bottle, or any other number of “wonderful gift ideas”!
Holy whack. As irritated as I am that I’ve opened myself up for this sort of junk mail and the like because of my “contest entry” I have to admire them in a way. By relying on the vanity of writers they’ve certainly made themselves a lot of money. I’d wager that by refusing to by these hardcover books, plaques, messages in bottles and the like I am in the minority — I must be or they wouldn’t still be in business. They obviously make enough money selling authors copies of books that include their poems to not only break even, but generate a profit. As annoying as that is, I still have to, grudgingly, offer them a thumbs up.
That being said, I’m never entering their “contest” again. 🙂
Dude! Writer’s Market rocks! Okay, I know I’ve said that before, but really. I sent them off an email, as I mentioned, and they’ve already gotten back to me. Not only did they reassure me that no data was lost, tell me that everything should be up and running within two weeks and offer me compensation for the ‘down’ time, they also sent me an .xls file that has my complete submission information in it. Awesome!
I love Writer’s Market!
In other news my haiku, Sandcastle #5, has gone live at WildChildPublishing.com — if I may quote part of the introduction to the November poetry page…“This month, Wild Child presents its first haiku in many moons. I hope you find this succinct verse, fashioned upon the ancient style, as trim and evocative as a Japanese garden.” Talk about making my night!
I thought I was going to be writing a post today about how my NaNoWriMo effort is going (well by the way, 26,094/50,000) and that would be it for today, but nope — I have even better news.
My haiku, “Sandcastle #5”, has been accepted for the November 15th edition of WildChildPublishing.Com — yay! I’ll link to it from my publications page once that edition goes live. 🙂