I have found that submitting my work for publication is an overwhelming experience filled with doubt, fear, and anxiety. It’s me carefully crafting work I believe in and releasing it into the wilds for others to judge. I am left for great lengths of time wondering if my art will be found worth publishing, or if it will find itself on the Island of Misfit Writings.
Today I sent off my submission for the upcoming Friday Phrases publication, Framing Fridays. It is my third time submitting work to anyone for publication. Just like the two prior submissions, I found it incredibly difficult to press that send button. Perhaps this time, it felt even more so.
As I have shared before, Friday Phrases is a weekly event on Twitter where writers share poetry, story prompts, haikus, and the like using the #FP hastag. For me this has become a highlight of my week. Not only do I get to share snippets of poetry (and engage in some personal soul seeking and therapy), but I have the opportunity to meet other talented writers and enjoy the amazing work they share. Truly I feel small in a land of giants.
When the announcement was made that the Friday Phrases team was to be releasing an e-book highlighting this phenomena of micropoetry and flash fiction, I knew that I wanted to participate. I took several months intentionally sifting through old #FP works I had shared and crafting #FP inspired poetry I hoped would be worth including in the upcoming publication. Putting together the submission package was nerve wracking because the event and its community has had a significant impact on both my writing, and on me as a person.
Whatever the outcome may be, I’m glad that I put myself out there. It isn’t an easy thing to do; my confidence is a front for a lot of insecurities. And whether or not any of my work is selected, I look forward to the release of Framing Fridays and the beauty it promises to contain.