Advice From a Literary Idol

Wanted to share an email I received from poet Matthew Dickman. I emailed him asking for advice about sending work out to literary magazines and this is his response:

Dear Zoe, It’s great you are beginning the long road of rejection! I say that with a smile! I had poems rejected just two days ago. But we have to be good secretaries and get it out there…it’s the secular branch of this spiritual thing we do! There are many, many, magazines that publish emerging poets including Tin House, Missouri Review, etc. A great place to explore is the website NewPages. It will link you to a ton of lit reviews. I got started sending my work out just like you…print up a letter and poems and post them. For me, it took about six years before anyone took anything. So it’s also an exercise in patience. Write poems, don’t be bored, and have fun!

My best wishes,



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