Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Six Little Things, Eclectica and Ware Poets Commendation

Gosh. With the heat, a lot of stuff have been coming up like flies. Am in the process of trying to swat everything down to ground. I still owe a blog call to tons of people — in the meantime, a thousand apologies. Am throttling the muse or whatever it is that's supposed to help me write daily. Day 13 of Round VII today at 30:30. Pure hell. But I did get some reading bliss from the new stuff up at sidebrow. They sent me a rejection some months before... what they publish is like way out of my league, but it never hurts to try.

Recent acceptances:

Six Little Things has accepted my VII.13 poem with the opening line: Menstruation is clean again for their "X Is the New Y" issue, online on June 21. Really thrilled by this since it is one of my favorite 'zines.

     Submission date: 18 May 2007
     Reply date: 10 June 2007

• My June 1st poem, Say Good-bye to Baked Alaska has been accepted for publication in Eclectica. This will mark my (yikes) 12th appearance there. Have already admitted to the poetry editor that their quarterly word challenge has become an addiction for me. She was quite amiable about it. She doesn't know I drink, too.

     Submission date: 1 June 2007
     Reply date: 11 June 2007

Recent publication:

Received my copy of Other Poetry (Series II, No. 32) this morning. It's a glossy UK-based magazine filled with 60+ pages of fab poetry and 20+ pages of poetry book reviews. Finding the €15 inside was such a treat... though, because it was for one of my driving poems, I'm not sure if it's meant to get me off the streets by paying for my bus fare. Hee.

Am doubly thrilled to discover that Sharon's got a poem here, too. Yay, a drinking buddy!

A Ware Poets Competition commendation:

Also got my copy of the Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2007 results today — stating that my sonnenizio, In Memoriam has been Commended and will be included in the anthology. Will give them another try next year... I have a feeling that their competition secretary brings me luck. It was her £10 check that made me win the 2006 Frogmore Prize, after all — she had to issue me one when my entries arrived something like a month late. Did some mental fist-shaking at Italian postal service, but it seemed to have been for the best. And she's never forgotten me because of it.

And one of the nicest book mss rejection:

Two Ravens Press did say no, but I thought it's worth sharing because (1) they have such quick response times for a book publisher and (2) they actually send personal rejections explaining why and why not. A lot of small presses wouldn't even bother, I think. Check them out!

     Proposal snailmailed: 5 May 2007
     Show of interest e-mail: 10 May 2007
     Decision e-mail: 11 June 2007


Liz said...

Arlene, heaps of hearty congrats on all those impressive acceptances and an extra skirty twirl for In Memorium being commended in the competition.

Love how your hot-off-the-rack 30:30 poems get immediate success. : )


sam of the ten thousand things said...

Congratulations for the works. Good, good.

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Always glad to lift a glass with you, Arlene!! I was doubly excited to see your name when I opened up my copy. Very cool. (Though I wonder if I should be concerned. Is that driving student shadowing me?) Congratulations!!