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  • Hi Jeannine! Your posts are always full of interesting things and good blasts of positive energy. Thank you for that! Especially appreciated by us Northeasters who are freezing our tails off. Glad to hear you’ve gotten an acceptance already this year! May that be a good sign for the rest of 2018!

    I do agree that contest fees are higher, but so are the prizes. Still, when you don’t win, it is kind of a loss monetarily. I really like when a publication is able to put your entry fee towards something like a subscription, or even a single copy. That counts as a win in my book and benefits both parties. I would also be interested in contests that offered less money and cost less to enter. I may be wrong about this, but I think that a lot of writing contests with big payouts are frequented by people taking a sort of lottery approach to the whole thing. They don’t much care about writing or art, but they sure want to get their hands on some “easy money” Something we writers already knows doesn’t truly exist!

    2018 is going to be great!

    January 03, 2018
  • Ann

    I love the poem! So frightening, though… (I guess that is the point).

    January 04, 2018
  • Melanie

    I hope that pure blue flame will be a warning beacon for our country… but not yet, please. Not yet.

    January 04, 2018
  • Jeannine Gailey

    Thanks guys! Hope the poem wasn’t too scary!

    January 05, 2018
  • Jeannine Gailey

    I agree – I wish submission fees and contest fees either came with a copy of the winning book or a back issue of the magazine (most lit mags are drowning in back copies!) I also wish most literary magazines and publishers put the time and effort into marketing their work to non-writers, trying to increase subscribers, or working to get ads, or other revenue-generating things that don’t involve taking money from poets.

    January 05, 2018
  • Happy New Year, JHG! Per Kelli’s Fb call to Blog Revival. I’m getting back to the morning reads. So know that you are on my list and I’m here. Cup of hot coffee in hand.

    January 07, 2018
  • Terrific poem! Possibly not scary enough. 🙂

    January 07, 2018
  • […] When I make money from poetry, I try to put money back into poetry. I want to support the literary community as much as I can. I spent some time at the end of the year subscribing to a few journals, as I do every year – I try to rotate the journals so I can support as many as possible. I buy a LOT of poetry books (although I get a decent number as review copies) because 1. I want to support my local stores that carry poetry and 2. I want to support small presses that publish poetry. But I do also support the idea of literary publishers, organizations and journals trying to raise money outside the small circle of poets that want to publish – by reaching out more, trying more ways to gain subscribers, maybe advertising? What do you think? I remember being poor enough that every book contest fee hurt. I feel that fees have gone way up since I started trying to publish work waaay back in 2001-2. Jeannine Hall Gailey, 2018 so far: A Poem in Rogue Agent, New Year Zoo Lights, Luck and Poetry Fees, and Thinking About th… […]

    January 14, 2018

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