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YTD Submissions, Acceptances, and Rejections: September, 2018

tally marksSubmissions:       115

Acceptances:          8
Rejections:             79

Good Rejections:   28

Publications            7


Lordy, I haven’t published a YTD since June. I suppose that’s good; too busy writing, submitting, editing at jmww, and recording rejections. As well as recording my acceptances. So many this year, I can only be grateful. I know it sounds sappy, but I do believe in gratitude.

My submissions total took a huge jump since mid-August. Mid-August through October or December is submission season for a great many university-based magazines, with a second subs period opening in the spring. Every time I hear editors speak about submitting, they say, “Get your work to us at the beginning of our submissions cycle.”

I complied.



By Alle C Hall, writer!

Alle C. Hall’s work appears most recently in Dale Peck’s Evergreen Review; as well as in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), and Literary Orphans. She is Associate Editor at Vestal Review. “Wins” include: a Best of the Net nomination; First Place in The Richard Hugo House New Works Competition; and finalist or semi-finalist in the contests of: Boulevard Magazine, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Hippocampus, and Memoir Magazine.

Claim to fame: interviewed Leonard Nimoy. He was a bit of a pill; disappointing.

• Twitter: @allechall1
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5 replies on “YTD Submissions, Acceptances, and Rejections: September, 2018”

Speaking in generalities: When I turned 50 years old, I decided that for the next ten years, my priority was, with the exception of my children and husband, to become a well-published writer. Over making new friendships, over taking fantastic vacations. Over some family events. I make the time for my writing and editing work, but at the cost of other deeply satisfying elements of life. Esp. new friends.

In specific: it took two years of setting up the spread sheet for submissions, and two more years of getting the hang of the submission cycle. And about ten years of writing o have enough pieces to have, say, 6-12 out at 8-10 places at a time. All I’m saying with this is that getting older helps; you have more time in the game.

Secondly, I work from home, so if I don’t do the magazine stuff for a couple of days because I am hot on a short story, then stay up late-late-late catching up on reading magazine submissions, that works in a pinch.

Ah. That makes sense. That’s a lot of dedication for sure, I admire that level of commitment. Wish I could say the same about myself. Keep doing what you do! Got any tips for someone still trying to write amongst an unpredictable full time day job and college? Lol.

It seems that you simply need to keep doing what you are doing. I definitely encourage you to finish your degree. I didn’t start writing until I was 26, so I never had to balance the whole college experience with writing. If I were you, I’d cut myself a break and do the best that I could.

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