I did it! I completed my self-imposed challenge, Submission Bonanza! During the month of July, I submitted poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, and flash fiction to 30 litmags. I’m not going to lie, it took work and it took time. After so many years not submitting any work and not focusing on my writing, this was definitely a challenge for me. But I can certainly say it was well worth it. I would highly recommend that anyone looking to grow as a writer think about setting their own Submission Bonanza! I’ve grown and learned so many things over the past month and I am excited to share them all with you.
You can see my halfway post, Notches on the Bedpost, to see some of the benefits I’ve gained and ways I’ve been developing by doing this exercise. There are so many ways in which I have grown. I’ve become a better reader. I’ve started editing more seriously. I’ve learned so much more about contemporary writers and writing. I feel like I am getting familiar with literary magazines in way I wasn’t before. Most importantly, I’ve been motivated to write more than I ever have before.
Also (spoiler alert!) I have received a few replies already and it’s not just rejections I am racking up.
Because I felt like this exercise was so successful in my growth and motivation as a writer, I am planning on doing it again for the month of September and I would love for anyone who is interested to join me.
All this month, I will be posting a practical guide on how to create your own Submission Bonanza! Once you lay the groundwork (finding magazines, choosing your pieces, writing your cover letter) this month, you will be ready by September 1st to start submitting to the many, many litmags which will be opening their mailboxes for submissions.
After I did the prep work of looking for magazines, editing my work, and writing a template of my cover letter and bio, it took me about an hour to submit to each magazine. Decide for yourself a reasonable goal for your Submission Bonanza! I am fortunate to have an hour a day to submit to magazines and also still have time for my writing. What kind of time can you make for it? Can you do an hour a week? Three hours a week? An hour a day? Three hours a day? You want to challenge yourself, sure. But you also want to make a Submission Bonanza! that you can stick to.
I am really excited about doing this again and getting into gear for another flurry of submissions. If you’re excited too, let me know! I would love to share lessons learned, tricks and things to consider, and just general motivation and support with anyone who’s game!