About a month ago I made the decision to Stop sending out poems to more than one journal at a time. I probably should have made this decision a while ago, but after the third time of having a poem accepted at one journal and at another journal within a couple days of each other before I got around to sending out withdrawals, I figured that I had to start only sending to one place at a time.
As far as aggressively publishing goes, by the mountains of Kilimanjaro, send your poems out to more than one magazine at at time! This is especially great to do when you are an “emerging” (new) writer and haven’t had many publications yet. It is also great to do if you have a surplus of time on your hands.
However. Though I don’t at all get acceptances every time I send out a poem, I get them often enough that withdrawals have become a pain and feels like a lot of wasted work. It negates my entire reason for simultaneously submitting–since I have the poem packet ready and I’m sending out poems, why not send them out to 5 places? Because I might have to go back a week or two later and withdraw three of those submissions.
I’m also going to aim higher. I have certain journals I never send to because I assume they will never publish me–Poetry, The New Yorker, Paris Review. Even though the odds are slim, I don’t need to only send to magazines that have published me in the past (though I do think it is good to do that from time to time!). If I expand where I send my work, perhaps I can expand my reader base?
So do you simultaneously submit? Why or Why not?