So if you’ve read this humble blog for even a short amount of time, you know that I have what I consider a healthy skepticism about so-called conventional wisdom. A couple of posts back I mentioned that I had recently sent two submissions to a single journal for consideration. I asked about this on Poets and Writers, whether it was considered bad form or a means for ensuring two quick rejections. I didn’t get any absolute answers, though the general thought was that it might not be a good idea.
So what do you think? Have you had experience with this? War stories? Battle scars?
Several of my submissions to various publications had deadlines at the end of August. I was certain that within the first week of September I’d have responses on all of them. Note that the rejection I got last week from Cream City Review came months before their stated deadline for the theme issue. I took from that the idea that submissions can be considered before the deadline passes. (It could also mean that my submission was so off the mark that they knew they could reject it instantly.) I suppose it could be that some publications don’t begin reading submissions until the deadline has passed. Anyone know?
Regardless, I just keep at it.
And speaking of keeping at it, I ran my first official 10K road race last weekend! That’s twice my normal distance. It was in downtown Kansas City and across the Missouri River. I certainly wasn’t the fastest runner, but I didn’t need to stop, and I felt fine at the end, which is encouraging. I have another 10K in two weeks and a couple of 5Ks in the coming months. Who is this man I’ve become?