Writing is a Waiting Game

I am currently waiting upon…

  • Painted Bride Quarterly (date submitted: January 4th; what submitted: 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction)  Official Response Time:  unknown
  • Cicada (date submitted: February 16th; what submitted: 2 poems)  Official Response Time: up to 4 months
  • storySouth (date submitted: June 1st; what submitted: 1 fiction)  Official Response Time: 2-6 months
  • Weave magazine (date submitted:  June 1st; what submitted: 1 non-fiction)  Official Response Time: 3 months

Also, I’m waiting for The Stillwater Review to get back to me, months after they sent the congratulatory acceptance email for my poem.  They asked for a short bio, but never responded to several questioning emails about how I could get a hold of a copy of the publication or when the issue was coming out.  It’s a new poetry journal (I know, I know, I’m not really a poet.  But I swear I’ve written one good one in my entire life and this was it), but it’s associated with Sussex Community College so it’s legitimate.

I just googled and stumbled upon a video for The Stillwater Review’s launch, apparently.  The cover looks beautiful.  I’d really like to get my hands on a few copies!

Does anyone have any specific information about who to contact in this matter?


Published by hannahkarena

author & book publishing person.

3 thoughts on “Writing is a Waiting Game

  1. I found this blog because I am also waiting on the Painted Bride Quarterly to get back to me on a story. It’s been several months, and I’ve written two e-mails to them just asking if they had any idea of when I might hear, but to no response. Did you ever hear back from them?


    1. [Deep sigh] No, I never heard back from them. I wrote them two emails as well, asking very politely from the angle that I write a blog specifically dealing with response times and it would be appreciated by many people if they gave a guestimate, but no luck. I’ve heard from others that it can be up to and beyond fourteen months wait time. Thanks to submishmash (aka submittable) I at least know that they received and have looked at my submissions; they’re not lost. Maybe we both still have hope!


      1. Thanks for the reply. I don’t mind waiting – I’m used to it – but I hate that they haven’t replied to my follow-up e-mails, even with just a form letter. I just about always receive at least a form letter for my troubles. It gives me the feeling that there’s no one actually there.


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