Our new “Get Rejected” series, which brings you monthly writing submission gatherings on the fourth Monday of each month at Common Ground Coffee Shop, is aimed at getting local writers comfortable with sending out their work, and providing seasoned submitters with an accountability group to make the process a little less lonely and a little more fun.
If you’re just starting to get serious as an amateur or hobby writer, or if you’re fresh out of college and looking for the next step, you’ll have become at least a little familiar with the world of literary journals. Maybe you used to send out work years ago, but life interrupted for a while and now you find yourself trying to navigate a vastly different submission landscape.
This series is designed to offer a casual but knowledgeable atmosphere wherein writers at any stage of submitting can come together to support each other. Copies of Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market are provided, as well as online resources listing open calls for submission in all genres.
If you’re reading this, and asking yourself if you’re really ready to submit something, we challenge you to come to our next event. Grab a coffee, get a feel for the group, and even ask a few questions. Bring your laptop and a favorite piece or two just in case. There’s a lot to know about submitting, and it can be hard to find the answers you’re looking for.
There’s also a lot of rejection to slog through before the glow of acceptance falls upon a piece. All that rejection can be discouraging, so it’s up to all of us to raise each others spirits and keep ourselves moving forward.
The point is, we’re all in this together. And everything – even getting rejected – is more fun with friends.