It's September, the start of another season of journal submissions. Here are some of my own statistics to bolster us. The piece accepted into The North American Review - rejected 28 times by other places. The Fourth River - previously rejected 22 times. The Alaska Quarterly Review - only 2 times. The essay in the anthology Something to Declare - 18 times. Blue Crow Magazine - 17 times. Right now I have a story floating around with twelve rejections and five of them have been a you-made-it-to-the-final-round or something similar. (These are the ones where I yell "just publish the friggin' thing" at the e-mail.)
So often other writers tell me "well, I sent my story out a couple of times, but it got rejected so I guess that's that." And mostly, it's women who say this. And they say it in a sad voice. Screw sadness, I say to you and to myself. Submit widely and often.