I always make little spreadsheets to keep up with what I have out in submission land. Then, a few days later, they go neglected. When I was primarily subbing short stories, this wasn’t so bad because I have a pretty good memory and could keep up with what had been subbed where. But when I started subbing poems as well, things got a bit muddled. The good part of having so many subs out at once, of course, is that it increases your chances of acceptance.
For instance, I will be 100% honest about the fact that I forgot that I had subbed a poem to Kaleidotrope. So when I got an acceptance for my poem “Speaking to the Dark” (which I hope the editors will let me rename by its new title “The Only Moth Among the Dark”), I was pleasantly surprised. I received that acceptance about a week ago.
Imagine my delight when I received another acceptance for my poem “The Person We All Become” yesterday. It was from a market that I tried to crack with short fiction to no success. So, in June, this poem will be included in Pedestal Magazine.
I had to go back through my in box to make sure I hadn’t simultaneously subbed anything out. In doing so, I put together this list of forthcoming poetry.
- “Singing Hymns as the Grass Grew Over You” – House of Horror (coming in the next month or so)
- “The Longitude of Buttons” – Nefarious Ballerina (June/July)
- “The Only Moth Among the Dark” – Kaleidotrope (October)
- “The Person We All Become” – Pedestal (June)
On top of all of that, my poetry manuscript A Mouth for Picket Fences has been freed as a result of the recent Bandersnatch Books fallout. I also have a chapbook length poetry collection out in limbo titled Sleep Maps and a second, more narrative sort of weird poetry chapbook thing in the works.
So yes, I think it’s time to try to set poetry aside for a few weeks and see if I can get the short story fires burning again.