Blake Butler on Submissions

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At The Awl, Blake Butler has let us in on a little secret: he’s posted a spreadsheet with every piece of writing he’s submitted from 2006 to 2008. It’s an impressively long list that includes where the piece(s) were submitted and whether they were accepted or rejected. Along with talent and good writing, the key to getting your work published is sending it out often, probably way more submissions than most of you (including me) are doing right now; it’s like that lottery slogan: you’ve got to be in it to win it.


LaToya Jordan is a native Brooklynite whose poetry has appeared in MiPOesias, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The November 3rd Club, The Splinter Generation, qarrtsiluni, and other journals. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and mentors a budding young writer with the organization Girls Write Now. She is inspired by crime dramas and often peruses the web in search of true-life macabre stories for her poetry. Her friends are afraid. She blogs about her writing life at www.latoyalikestowrite.com. More from this author →