At the end of the week I had something arrive in the mail that I forgot even existed. Last year I had entered some of my writing into the Des Moines Area Community College writing contest and my essay took first place. I opened up a packet from DMACC and inside were two copies of the West Campus publication that had winning writings from 2009-2011. I finally held in my hands a printed, published copy of my writing.
That feeling was inspiring. I have felt the urge to write and submit some more. I’ve decided to put pen to paper and start writing more new things. And this motivation came at the perfect time…
Because yesterday I got an email back from Poetry magazine with a polite rejection of the poems I submitted to them.
Normally I would go through a phase of lost motivation because I sent them what I felt was the best of the best. But today I really feel like just submitting even more things.
Because I know my writing is good enough for publication. I have physical proof of that on my desk right now. If it is good enough for one, it is good enough for others. I just have to find the right place at the right time.
So I’m going to send out a flood of submissions this week. And if I get a flood of rejections, hopefully there will be at least one pearl that washes up with an acceptance.
And those publications who reject me have only strengthened my resolve to continue writing. And inspired this poem: