Journals that want long pieces.
Guidelines that say, “Send us something we’ve never seen before.”
Lack of nerve
Inability to stare at the computer for another second
Too many steps in the submission process
Irritating cover art
Journals I love (ahem Isotope) that are no longer in print (Damn you, Utah State!)
Best American Essays contributor notes
The fact that my submission notebook keeps being put in a different place (by elves, of course, not by me)
The preference to be compulsively reading while drinking beer
Ill-timed faltering of ambition
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lack of inspiration
A vague sense of dread
The staggeringly large number of times Prairie Schooner has rejected me
What’s holding you back?