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Failure for Beginners: 100 Submissions in 1 Year

The Writer's Garret

Failure for Beginners: 100 Submissions in 1 Year

Instructor: Nadia Wolnisty

Tuition: Early Registration $50 (Members before 11:59pm, March 8th); $65
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In 2017, Nadia Wolnisty went from having almost nothing published to six books, essays, short stories, a gallery show, poetry in journals, poetry on menus, invitations to out-of-state readings, anthologies, interviews, zines, and poetry prizes. She works in an office, lives in Duncanville, and has no MFA or connections to speak of.

So how did an awkward, insecure poet take the plunge into the world of submissions and find success? She decided to be really bad at it. Like, trying--on purpose--to get 100 rejection letters in one year. You can’t really be afraid of getting rejected if rejection is the goal.

Her rejection letters piled up--but so did acceptances. With this approach, you too can learn how to get 100 rejections in one year (and maybe find success along the way). You’ll learn the basics: navigating Submittable, fine-tuning your biography, selecting the right journal, and keeping your submission log organized, and then put it all to use by submitting your piece to the journal of your choice right there in the classroom. You’ll find that you, too, are perfectly equipped to fail.


Nadia Wolnisty is the submissions editor of ThimbleLitMag.com. Her work has appeared in Spry, Philosophical Idiot, Former People, Apogee, Anti-Heroin Chic, *Isaucoustic, Blue Pepper Review, McNeese Review, Paper & Ink, and others. She has chapbooks from Cringe-Worthy Poetry Collective and Dancing Girl Press and a full-length collection from Spartan.

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