by Carolyn Martin
Don’t get me wrong. I love books – and always will. But I confess that the digital age – with all its pros and cons – has embraced me both as a reader and as a writer. Using Duotrope and Poets & Writers, I constantly research publications that accept poetry. I blush to admit I focus on those that accept submissions electronically as well as support simultaneous submissions. No more printing and mailing costs, and no more waiting for months to hear I’ve been rejected before I can send my work elsewhere.
Here’s an invitation
Thanks to Tricia Knoll (see her recent article on submitting to online journals here), I’ve discovered – and have had success – with journals I hadn’t known existed. Every time Tricia announces one of her acceptances via her email list, I not only read her engaging work but examine the journal that published her. Do I like the look? Am I impressed with other authors who appear in it? Does it publish work that would invite my own?
So it occurred to me that all of us could serve as publication resources for one another. Here’s my invitation:
1. Email me a list of your publications (any genre) from January 2014 onward. (No “forthcomings,” please. Wait until your work has been published before you send an announcement.) And keep those announcements coming as you get published so we can celebrate your success.
2. Use this format:
Your name. “The title of your piece.” A hyperlink to the publication, the page number. (If you don’t know how to hyperlink, just send us the URL and we’ll link it for you.) If you’ve published a book or appear in one, hyperlink us to the site where we can purchase it. (Again, we’ll do that for you if you send us the URL.)
Also, add a sentence or two about your experience with the publication that will give us a hint about what we can expect. For example:
I received an acceptance from this publication two days after submitting.
When I contacted editors four months after submitting, they let me know immediately they were still considering my work.
They don’t offer a free contributor’s copy – or a discount on the purchase price of their publication.
I was disappointed with the quality of this new paperback review. It looks amateurish.
Let’s share our successes, read each other’s work, and check out the publications in which we appear.
Of course, we want you to save your best work for our own journal. The submission period for our sixth edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions runs from September 1 – October 15, 2014.
Email your information about your other publications to: editors(at)voicecatcher(dot)org, with the subject line: “I’m published.” (Note: Substitute the symbols “@” and “.” for (words) when you address your email, please.)
I’ll collate your publications and post them on our website periodically so we can celebrate one another – and gather publication possibilities for our work.