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The Writing of Arthur Klepchukov

Spring 2020 Rejections: One Story, Narrative, Epiphany, Ruminate, Berkeley Fiction Review, Lumina, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2020 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from March 2020 – May 2020.

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Watch My “How to Submit Your Writing for Publication” Workshop from the 2020 Gaithersburg Book Festival

This year’s Gaithersburg Book Festival is entirely online. You can watch my free writing workshop below or on YouTube:

I cover the following submission topics in my workshop:

  • how submitting shorter writing benefits longer writing
  • why you should submit
  • what writing to submit
  • where to submit
  • how to submit
  • what to do while you wait for a response
  • handling rejections
  • when to revise & resubmit
  • giving up
  • how to get accepted and published

All of the mentioned resources are on Learn to Submit.

Happy submitting!

Summer 2020 Writing Contests & Reasons to Submit to Each

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 17 quality opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Summer 2020 writing contests.

How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine

How do you say goodbye to a brief universe inside you? Find out in my latest flash fiction, “Glimmering Sidewalks,” published in the first zine from The Racket: Quarantine Journal.

What amount of effort went into getting “Glimmering Sidewalks” published?

  • 300 words
  • 2 drafts
  • 15 submissions
  • 14 rejections, 6 encouraging rejections

These numbers are on par with my other flash fiction publications.

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey to readers. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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Winter 2020 Rejections: Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Sun, The Oxford American, Epiphany, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2020 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from December 2019 – February 2020.

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Spring 2020 Writing Contests & Reasons to Submit to Each

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from March through May 2020. Spring is an active submission time for many literary journals and contests associated with universities, before they break for summer. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 21 opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Spring 2020 writing contests.

Fall 2019 Rejections: Kenyon Review, Tin House Online, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Boulevard, Granta, Witness, and More Literary Journals

The Rejection Quarterly - sad boy

Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2019 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from September 2019 – November 2019.

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How Long Did It Take for My First Submittable Acceptance to be Published?

From Whispers to Roars literary journal logo with hand shushing a lion

How much does chivalry really cost on a summer night where young ideals are alive and well? Find out the dollar answer and its unexpected justification in “The Price of Chivalry,” my most recent short story publication, available now in From Whispers to Roars: Volume 2, Issue 2.

What amount of effort went into getting “The Price of Chivalry” published?

  • 1,200 words
  • 5 drafts
  • 24 submissions
  • 19 rejections, 8 encouraging rejections
  • 3 withdrawals
  • 1 acceptance that didn’t involve publication

These numbers are on par with my other short stories, but larger than my relatively quick flash fiction publications.

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s prolonged journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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Winter 2019 Writing Contests & Reasons to Submit to Each

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020. Finish the year strong by sending out your best work and start the new year with an invigorating round of submissions. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 20 opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Winter 2019 writing contests.

How a Regional Writing Conference Led to Publication in The Best American Mystery Stories 2019

The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 cover

About a year ago, I attended the 2018 Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Conference, this led to my first short story publication in a genre I don’t typically write, and a reprint in the prestigious The Best American Mystery Stories 2019 anthology edited by Otto Penzler and Jonathan Lethem. The anthology is available nationwide today, on October 1, 2019.

Writing conferences and events can pay off in unexpected ways. So next time you’re on the fence about breaking out of your shell and attending another open mic, book festival, or conference, keep my story in mind.

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Summer 2019 Rejections: The New Yorker, Fantasy & Science Fiction, American Short Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

The Rejection Quarterly - sad boy

Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2019 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from June 2019 – August 2019. The list is shorter than my usual, which says more about how active I was in Winter and Spring. Summer does tend to be a time of fewer responses as many university-affiliated journals take a break.

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Fall 2019 Writing Contest Roundup

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from September 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 16 opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Fall 2019 writing contests.

Awarded 2nd Place for Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest

The lovely Glimmer Train watercolor illustration from their web site

I’m humbled to share that I’ve been accepted by Glimmer Train, one of my dream markets. This was the first literary journal I read. They inspired me to start submitting and have read most of my fiction. And though 2019 will be their last year in print, I’m incredibly honored that I won 2nd place in their Family Matters Contest. My longest story, “The Unfinished Death of My Grandfather,” will be published in the final issue of Glimmer Train in Fall 2019.

As a lovely, supportive aside, Glimmer Train was kind enough to include my submission resources in their Resources for Writers. It’s great to be listed along with heavyweights like Poets & Writers and New Pages as well as wonderful authors like Abby Geni.

A heartfelt thank you to Susan & Linda, the two sisters behind Glimmer Train, for their support and inspiration throughout the years.

Learn to Submit with My Free Resources

cover letter ink and pen

After my successful workshop at the 2019 Gaithersburg Book Festival, “How to Submit Your Writing for Publication,” I’m making several resources available for free on my blog:

  • Finding Quality Submission Opportunities — using my favorite approaches & tools
  • Cover Letter Template for literary journals — helpful placeholders, example writing bio, advice for what not to do
  • Submissions Tracker Template — capture submissions, pick what to submit next, track publications, payments and rights
  • Continue Learning About Submissions — links to blog posts, books, and courses

Everything is free, though Gumroad will show an option to chip in for either template. You can grab everything today from my new Learn to Submit page.

Online Submissions Class

I plan to expand my workshop into an online class. If these resources are helpful, subscribe to my blog to be notified when enrollment opens:

Spring 2019 Rejections: The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and More Literary Journals

The Rejection Quarterly - sad boy

Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2019 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from March 2019 – May 2019.

Read the rest of this entry »

Summer 2019 Writing Contest Roundup

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2019 through September 1, 2019. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 16 opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Summer 2019 writing contests.

Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2019 Gaithersburg Book Festival

10th Gaithersburg Book Festival logo

I’m teaching a free workshop on “How to Submit Your Writing for Publication” at the 2019 Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 5pm in Gaithersburg, MD. This is a lovely daytime book festival in the Washington, DC area that I’ve attended for a few years.

I’m thrilled to share my experience and help others submit more:

How do you know when your writing is ready for publication or where to submit? Perhaps you’ve written a few stories, poems, or essays and want to know where to send them. How do you choose from among the deluge of submission opportunities? How do you make sense of submission guidelines? Learn what tools and resources exist to help you on your journey to publication in this informative workshop for writers who want to begin their paths to publication.

Please come by in person or leave a comment if you’re interested in an online class about submitting.

Happy submitting!

 

First Six-word Story Publication

My first six-word story publication :)

Winter 2019 Rejections: One Story, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, and More Literary Journals

The Rejection Quarterly - sad boy

Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2019 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from December 2018 – February 2019.

Read the rest of this entry »

Spring 2019 Writing Contest Roundup

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:

This submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. How was the start of your writing year? Deep into drafts and submissions or still working up to your first? Here’s another invigorating round of opportunities. Thanks to LiteristicPoets & WritersSubmittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.

I found 20 opportunities for emerging and established fiction writers. Each comes with its own handy list of reasons to submit. See my roundup of Spring 2019 writing contests.