I tweeted this the other day. I was looking at a journal and noticed when their submission opened. Also, that they would only take 800 submissions. Just reading, I felt that rush of Oh my God I have to remember when to submit and do it before 800 other writers do. If only there was an app to help me remember.
Many poets responded with variations of “Please make this happen.”
But one said, “Magazines would be destroyed.” That could happen. If more poets could submit, magazines might be even more overwhelmed by submissions than they already are. So maybe these openings and closings are part of the gatekeeping, part of the balance of keeping editors from being totally overwhelmed.
So what’s the balance? Make subs easier? Keep the hurdles high? My answer tonight: keep writing.
I love a creative call for poems. SWWIM is a journal that often has unusual calls, such as their Kate Spade contest which asked for poems about purses. (And I had one to enter!). So when SWWIM sent out a call for poems about flowers, I couldn’t wait to get to work.
And miracles, SWWIM took my strange little sunflower poems. I’m thrilled!
More on Poetry in Bloom from SWWIM:
Throughout the month of April 2021, the poems in this gallery will be folded into origami pinwheels and added to floral bouquets delivered across the greater Miami area, courtesy of Dolly’s Florist.
What have I been writing about this week? Wonder Woman, of course! Also, a modern shopping list, actual lists, and trying out some new titles for old projects. Sometimes it helps to take a fresh look at things.