Devil and the White Room – Edible Red

I’m pleased to announce that my short story “The Devil and the White Room” is included in Edible Red collection, produced by Down in the Dirt magazine. A horror short story with a twist! Check it out here: http://scars.tv/2016july-decenber–collection-books/Edible_Red07-12dirt2016.htm

 

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Happy New Year

Thank you for reading this blog. Your support and correspondence over the year (and beyond!) means a lot to me. This blog has grown a lot since I started it over a year ago, with many, many works added to it. I hope to continue to add more content over the next year to make it an even better experience for you, the reader.

Even after being fortunate enough to have published about 60 works (thank you, dear editors and journals!), I still feel like a new writer at times, and often wonder how other writers go about writing and submitting their works for publications.  Enter Trish Hopkinson’s New Year post about her blog and submission totals for the year. Reading her stats, I am in awe of her blog stats (it is an awesome blog, check it out here, if you haven’t already!) and of her submission stats too, so I decided to look at my own.

Using Duotrope, I looked up my stats for 2016. I write mostly poetry, though, I also write and publish fiction and nonfiction occasionally.

In 2016, I submitted 197 works for publication. These are Duotrope stats.

187 were poetry –this does not include my Alaska Women Speak submissions, of which I had 9 poems published. Duotrope does not list them, so they are not included in the raw numbers.

7 nonfiction – This number leaves out 1 AWS submission as well that was published.

3 fiction – This number, again, leaves out 1 AWS submission that was published.

Overall, I had a 14% acceptance ratio, without the AWS submissions counted. Poetry acceptance was 13.1, fiction was 100% (OK, believe it or not, I just got lucky here for this year, for one of these pieces was rejected in 2015, which doesn’t count this year). Nonfiction acceptance was 16.7%.

In 2017, I plan to submit to more tougher markets (yeah, I know, isn’t it hard enough to get published without MORE rejection!), so my acceptance rate will probably decrease quite a bit next year.

38 works were accepted for publication in 2016, with 3 to be published in 2017.

Not bad, definitely, but as a writer I always strive for more challenges.

Next up are goals for 2017, which I have not articulated yet.

Writers out there, how was 2016 for you?  Please post and share!

J.L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Fiction/ Down in the Dirt Issue

Hey everyone!  The new July/August 2016 issue of Down in the Dirt is v138, titled “Suicidal Birds“!  It contains my flash fiction story “The Devil and the White Room.”  Check it out at the web site here (http://scars.tv/cgi-bin/writers.pl?JENNIFERL.SMITH) or in print (https://www.createspace.com/6334551).

Enjoy!

Alaska Women Speak Summer Issue

is out and I am pleased to announce that I have 3 poems and 1 fiction piece in this issue. Poems include “Someone May Have Said”, “The Diagnosis”, and “All Things Mundane.” “The Call” is my fiction piece.   Available for purchase locally at Barnes & Noble in Anchorage and Fireside Books in Palmer.  See more at Alaska Women Speak’s website.

http://www.alaskawomenspeak.org

 

Cirque: The Afghan

Hi Everyone!

I am pleased to announce that Cirque will publish my short story “The Afghan” in its summer solstice issue, due out this month.  More details when the issue goes live.

Not familiar with Cirque, please visit them.  They publish the best literature of the Northern Pacific Rim region.  http://www.cirquejournal.com

Alaska Women Speak: The Call

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to post that Alaska Women Speak has accepted my fiction story “The Call” for their summer issue.  Check them out and see more work from some great Alaskan writers.  More details when they go to print!

J.L.