In a too-rare burst of energy in the late-winter/early spring, I finished, workshopped, edited, and submitted to contests an expanded version of the chapbook that had been a finalist in a 2017/18 contest with QuillsEdge Press. By the way, part of being a finalist was inclusion in an anthology, IN TRANSITION, which was published in conjunction with the winning chapbook, Skin Gin, which is available here.
The rejections from that batch of submissions have started to roll in. I’ve received two so far, although I did make semi-finalist in the CutBank/University of Montana contest. While being named a finalist or semi-finalist is still a loss in real terms, it is encouraging to know that your entry has been well-received by some part of the reading team. I have six contests from which I am awaiting notification, but, the odds are that they will be rejections, so I am gearing up for another batch of submissions.
A dear and generous poet-friend recently did a close reading of the manuscript and I have done another round of revisions. There is one poem that has changed significantly enough that I’m workshopping it with my local poetry circle. After those revisions, I’ll be looking for more contests and open reading periods for the next batch of submissions.
Back when I was starting to think about the possibility of publishing a book, I set the age of sixty as a goal. I will turn sixty in October, so I’m definitely not going to have a book in print by my sixtieth birthday.
For now, I’ll hold out hope for the book while I’m sixty, although maybe I should make the mental move to in my sixties, so there is less chance of being disappointed.
If I do get an acceptance, you can read all about it here, although it’s possible that you may hear my excited screams first!
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Keep creating, that’s what matters most.
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I will! Thank you for the reminder.
Thanks for choosing to follow my blog, called Ramate. I forgot I had a blog until WordPress asked me to sign in before it would let me comment on your blog.
If you would like to read the password protected entries, the password is “Gratitude.”
Maybe I will start adding some new entries now that I am unemployed and have some free time. It takes a certain amount of courage.
Thanks for inspiring me, Rose
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Thank you so much for visiting me and for commenting. I’m glad that you found inspiration to add some posts to your blog. I’m sorry to hear about your job loss; it’s such a familiar story in these times. Best wishes as you navigate these turbulent times.