The Unwritten Word introduced me to the idea of the anti-resume. Sure, we have a few lines of publishing credits on our resumes, if we’re lucky, but what about all the shit that’s been rejected? Oh, Unwritten Word, where do I begin?
My current submission records date back to 2005 (Was that the year you graduated from middle school, UW?), although I know I’ve submitted and been rejected (and accepted!) before that.
Poetry Journal Submissions
Form rejections: 68
Rejections with a scrap of encouragement included: 28
Shaky poet math: 89.5% rejection rate
Prose Journal Submissions
Form rejections: 25
Rejections with a note: 11
Shaky poet math: 88% rejection rate
Poetry Manuscript Submissions
Form rejections: 40
Nice notes I’ve gotten about the poetry manuscript: 0
100% rejection rate, baby!
Prize acceptance that was never followed by the promised publication and three or four queries to the publication have gone entirely unanswered: 1
Book anthology that I submitted to and never heard back from but I bought the book anyway, the jerks: 1
Number of times DP submitted his short story collection before he became a semi-finalist: 2*
*I still love him anyway.
Top five journals that I just can’t seem to quit sending to no matter how many times they reject me (or in the case of Prairie Schooner, write encouraging notes and then reject me): Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, and Agni
What’s on your anti-resume?