by Shayla "No Filter" Logan, Art team and social media team member
So you didn’t get your piece accepted into Grub Street or another journal you chose to submit to? What’s next on your agenda? How will you continue with your creations? Do you think that this will be the end of your career? Absolutely not. You have more knowledge to share. There are more words for the page and art to produce. There are many ways that you can move forward.
Realize that your feelings are valid. It’s okay to feel disheartened once you learn your piece was not accepted, just don’t wallow in your misery for too long. Turn that energy into something productive. Create more pieces and submit those. You’re bound to see the results you’re looking for in the future if you continue.
Move on unapologetically. In this literary world there are many other places that could cater to your content. Do the research on other journals and look at the pieces they’ve accepted. Find different places where you think you’ll fit in and turn your work in there. It’d be wonderful if you submitted to Grub Street, but the reality of submissions is that every time you submit there’s a fifty percent chance that your work will be published.
Submit often. Get your work out into the world. Realize that you fail if you never try. You must continue to try. Submit, and then submit it somewhere else. Your rejection should not end your creative processes and stop the world from benefitting from your work. There is a journal that will appreciate your submission and be more than happy to place it in their publication.
Try new things. If you’ve been waiting to try new techniques with your work do it. Trial and error can become your best friend. Figure out what does and doesn’t work for you. Meet new people. You can learn something from everyone and you never know who will have a major impact on your career. Networking is key. Find someone that can challenge you. They can become your mentor and promote production. Ask for feedback and ultimately trust yourself.
Give yourself a timeline. Go to your calendar and devise a plan when you need to get things done. Make lists of where you would submit to and how much time you have. Make yourself accountable. Pay attention to their deadlines and
Find inspiration. Got to your favorite place and remember what make it so special. Look at the world around you. Seek mentorship. Find someone who you aspire to be and see how they made it to their place of prominence. Listen to music. Allow yourself to feel different emotions and transfer those to your chosen medium.
Reassure yourself. Remind yourself why you wanted to submit that piece in the first place. Tell yourself why you believed in the art. Fall in love with it again. Search through every section and try to find something new within it. Take those ideas and find your inspiration. You must be your own biggest fan. The confidence in your work will be transferred into it and then it can speak for itself. Every word, stanza, paragraph, brush stroke, and visual component will come together and be a testament to your talent.
In the memorable words of Journey, “don’t stop believin’.”
Grub Street is Towson University's award-winning literary journal, run by undergraduates enrolled in "Editing the Literary Magazine."