In the middle of last year I submitted a prose-poem to MoonPark Review. It was rejected. After picking myself up and dusting off my bruised ego, I noted that my rejection included an offer to submit again in future. So I logged that away and knew that when I had a better piece of short prose I would submit.
Then, late last year I wrote a story/poem/monologue called Mercury. I took it to a workshop where it was torn apart by the facilitator. After once again picking myself up and dusting off my bruised ego, I used the critique I got to almost completely rewrite it.
I submitted the new and improved Mercury.
It was accepted for their summer issue.
I highly recommend going back through prior issues too. There’s some good stuff there.
Thank you Mary Lynn and Lesley for giving me the encouragement I needed to submit a second time and for publishing this piece.
Find Mercury Here
Sometimes you forget to read the submission guidelines properly. That will almost always result in that poem you so lovingly crafted being immediately deleted because editors simply don’t have that kind of time. But. once in a blue moon it can work in your favour.
Djed Press is an online magazine publishing creative work by PoC in Australia. I didn’t notice the “Australia” bit when I was submitting so I crafted my bio and cover letter, selected my pieces and sent them off.
Thankfully, their editor Hella was not only patient enough to read my pieces, but kind enough to publish me.
You can find Lipstick Stains here.