Blake Butler on Submissions


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 writer from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, Thick-Skinned Sugar (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2016. Her writing has appeared in Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Mom Egg Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and more. Visit her at More from this author →