Spring 2022 Rejections: Witness, Narrative, CRAFT, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2022 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 rejections I collected from March 2022 - May 2022. Rejection from Daily… Continue reading Spring 2022 Rejections: Witness, Narrative, CRAFT, and More Literary Journals

Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg Book Festival logo I've been invited to give my submissions workshop at the lovely Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD for a third time on Saturday, May 21. Perhaps you've written a few stories, poems or essays and want to know where and how to submit your work for publication. What's the best draft… Continue reading Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash When are traditions worth breaking? When can they heal other patterns that hurt? My latest short story publication, "Evergreen Promises," explores these questions and appears in print in Palooka #12: Evergreen Promises “I’ll never buy a real Christmas tree again,” I say as I flip on the car’s emergency lights. “Huh?” My stepdaughter… Continue reading Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published

Winter 2022 Rejections: Mystery Magazine, Asimov’s, Epiphany, Alaska Quarterly Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2022 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 rejections I collected from December 2021 - February 2022. Rejection from Fiction… Continue reading Winter 2022 Rejections: Mystery Magazine, Asimov’s, Epiphany, Alaska Quarterly Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

Fall 2021 Rejections: Boulevard, The Southern Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Kenyon Review, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2021 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 rejections I collected from September 2021 - November 2021. Rejection from Boulevard… Continue reading Fall 2021 Rejections: Boulevard, The Southern Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Kenyon Review, and More Literary Journals

Summer 2021 Rejections: Crazyhorse, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2021 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 2021 - August 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Summer 2021 Rejections: Crazyhorse, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and More Literary Journals

Spring 2021 Rejections: The Common, The Cincinnati Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Rumpus, Upstreet, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2021 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 2021 - May 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Spring 2021 Rejections: The Common, The Cincinnati Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Rumpus, Upstreet, and More Literary Journals

Winter 2021 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Witness, Epiphany, Ruminate, SmokeLong Quarterly, 100 Word Story, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2021 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 2020 - February 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Winter 2021 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Witness, Epiphany, Ruminate, SmokeLong Quarterly, 100 Word Story, and More Literary Journals

How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication

Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash Can flash fiction be a pensive cup of slowly sipped tea, among all the espresso shots of flash fiction? Pull up a chair on the balcony and let's find out. My latest publication, "Imperfect Balconies," appears in Nevermore Journal. The story is free to read online. Here is the opening: Imperfect BalconiesWhen… Continue reading How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication

“afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly

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Happy New Year! My latest flash fiction publications, "afterglow" and "Dialing Islands," are published this morning in MacQueen's Quinterly. Both are free to read online. Here are the openings of both stories: afterglowShe wonders aloud what his orgasms are like. He lacks the clarity to inhabit what just happened, but he wants to try before the… Continue reading “afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly

Fall 2020 Rejections: AGNI, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, Epiphany, Nimrod, Ruminate, Witness, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 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 September 2020 - November 2020. Rejection from… Continue reading Fall 2020 Rejections: AGNI, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, Epiphany, Nimrod, Ruminate, Witness, and More Literary Journals

Awarded 3rd Place in Library Film Festival

aisles of ideas is a 2-minute short film that answers "what does the library mean to you?" Watch aisles of ideas below or on Vimeo: The film premiered at the KCLS Reel Fest on Monday, September 28, 2020 and earned 3rd Place! Watch the other lovely films from the premiere: https://youtu.be/Z0JF_aPWbqs Congrats to everyone who… Continue reading Awarded 3rd Place in Library Film Festival

Summer 2020 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Granta, Catapult, Ninth Letter, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 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 June 2020 - August 2020. Rejection from… Continue reading Summer 2020 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Granta, Catapult, Ninth Letter, and More Literary Journals

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

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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.

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

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

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 words2 drafts15 submissions14 rejections, 6 encouraging rejections These numbers are on par with my… Continue reading How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine

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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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.

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

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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. Encouraging Rejection… Continue reading Fall 2019 Rejections: Kenyon Review, Tin House Online, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Boulevard, Granta, Witness, and More Literary Journals

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

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