I have been toying with the idea of submitting my poems to literary journals with the hope of getting my work out and beyond my blog and my sphere. Unfortunately, I never really got into the submission processes. Between being turned down by two different journals, not feeling like my work is in sync with the journals I've come across, and my inability to resist posting my poems on the blog, I just didn't do what I have to do to get my work published by a third party. That is until now.
Earlier this year, I submitted a poem to St. Somewhere. Here's some info about the publication:
St. Somewhere Journal is an online literary journal with a focus on the broader Caribbean Basin region. Our primary mission is to present works from, about or inspired by this geographic region, its peoples and cultures. Secondary emphasis will be placed on works of an international nature, or with more general appeal.
There are many online literary journals and magazines, but St. Somewhere Journal hopes to help fill an under served niche in the writing market. Literature from the Caribbean region has relatively few viable outlets, despite its rich history and large potential audience. Of those outlets, many are not readily accessible to a broad audience. Despite the vast array of online literary outlets, those with a Caribbean focus are in even shorter supply online than in the print world.
Additionally, St. Somewhere Journal wishes to foster a sense of accessibility that is sometimes lacking in more formal or academic publications. We seek to feature the work of both emerging and established writers, regardless of credentials or previous credits. Well-written and well-crafted works are our concern, but we believe that literary art should not be confined to academia.
A few of my contemporaries had their work published in the journal, including Robert Gibson, Cher Corbin and Tammi Browne-Bannister, so I mustered up my confidence and submitted the poem and a bio. May I mentions that I'm not big on writing bio's, something else to work on. To a degree, it feels like the first win at the submissions game and it's motivation me to move forward with submitting to other journals. I just have to keep reminding myself that nothing beats a fail than a try.
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