Today, we sent out acceptances and rejections for The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast.
Some poets are celebrating right now. Some, not so much. Both editors understand the joys and woes of the submission process. Both editors of this anthology have had far more rejection in their writing lives than they have had acceptances. We both know the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, so to speak.
But we also know that rejection doesn’t necessarily equal defeat. We had tons of really strong writing submitted. Because the anthology is themed around the Gulf Coast, many poems covered similar topics. As such, we couldn’t accept, say, eight poems about Bourbon Street, even if we thought they were all well-written. In other words, we had to reject some poems that we otherwise thought were strong. We wish all the poets the best of luck in placing their work elsewhere. Given the quality of some of the submissions, that shouldn’t take too long.
We’ll work to keep you all apprised of the publication process. Thank you for your interest in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast.
–Jeff Newberry, Editor