I did this same post last year, and I’d like to continue it as a tradition. It helps me look at what, in terms of writing and submitting, I’ve been doing well, what I’ve been doing poorly, and what I can do to change for the better.
Here are the numbers (in descending order):
117 submissions sent ~ 82 for poetry, 26 for fiction, 6 for my manuscript Swallow Tongue, and 3 for creative nonfiction. 104 electronic. 13 postal.
65 rejections ~ 43 for poetry, 19 for fiction, 2 for creative nonfiction, and 1 for my manuscript, Swallow Tongue.
28 new pieces ~ 25 poems, 3 nonfiction essays, 0 short stories. This should also include a heavily revised manuscript! Last year, I wrote 36 new pieces (33 poems, 3 short stories, 0 nonfiction essays), but I did have a lot going on this year: getting sick, having surgery, postponing my graduation with my MFA from May to August, spending a month in Spain, finally graduating, returning to work full-time, buying a house. I’m thankful I wrote anyway. I also finished cleaning up my writing room (which, since early November, has been the area where I’ve painted furniture), so I can start using that soon enough!
13 acceptances ~ a total of 15 poems and 1 short story.
5-7 hours per week ~ my average time drafting, revising, submitting, reading, and blogging. Down from 15+ last year.
Conclusion: Statistically (based on dividing the number of acceptances by the number of rejections received), my poetry odds are at 28% (12/43) and fiction at 5% (1/19). Creative nonfiction and my manuscript are at 0%. 😦
Improvements over last year:
1. I kept a more accurate log of my submissions. Before, I kept no log of my hard copy submissions and only e-mail exchanges for the electronic ones. Really bad process. Duotrope was and is a life-saver.
2. I submitted more hard copy submissions. That’s a feat in and of itself. I submitted to some dream journals which only accept hard copy subs.
Things I can do in 2013:
1. Keep up the accurate log.
Hope you all do your own numbers game and see where you stand. Let’s all be kinder to ourselves and others this year!