Week One in Review: Writing Contests, Submissions, and Success!

Boy, this was a crazy couple days. 334 views, 100 Likes, 35 followers, 27 comments, and 12 submissions in past three days! It’s Monday though, so let’s just count that as our first “week” on WordPress! We want complete transparency with our readers, so we decided to start a weekly review on how things are going with Vita Brevis!

  • First, here are some (remarkable) stats! We just started two days ago, and you guys are already supporting us in ways we never dreamed of!

CaptureAnd just this morning (our third day) we got 1/4 of last weeks stats–earning the 100 Likes badge and gaining our 35th follower! Imagine what these can look like by Sunday!

Most importantly, our stats show a high click rate from our blogs to the authors’ sites–so thanks for supporting them!

  • Secondwe’ve received twelve submissions. Again, we’ve only been on WordPress for two full days! We accepted some great content, but of course, have declined all the rest. Fear not submitters–we rejected your submission not you, so keep ’em coming–Vita Brevis will be a hard magazine to get into, but that only adds to the merit of getting that acceptance email!

We accepted posts from HimaliaJonny BookerChristine Goodnough, and a mysterious anonymous submitter, all of whom blew us away!

An anonymous team member wrote A Headwind had a powerful message of a mysterious “headwind” which blows against us and our inclination to travel through it “with the nimble gait of ignorance.”

Himalia’s The Loyal Honey Bee was clearly the reader-favorite, pulling in the most likes and views! Everyone loved the same line–“You collect nectar/ Like I collect fears.” What a poem!

Jonny Booker sent in his wonderfully vague Alexandria, which we’re still scratching our heads over–and enjoying every minute of it!

Christine Goodnough sent us her Patchworka beautiful haiku that will jostle you around the emotional spectrum in a mere eighteen syllables!

And another anonymous submitter (not from our team) sent us Black Altar! What a dark and atmospheric piece–pleasantly vague and brimming with philosophical undertones!

  • Third, we set up a donation site so we can one day (i) buy our own domain and upgrade our blog plan, (ii) host a writing contest every month with a cash prize, (iii) pay our submitters for their work! You can see it here.
  • Fourth, we have a Holiday poetry competition–spread the word and submit your entries!

Well, that does it–thank you, WordPress community; you’re not just supporting the Vita Brevis team, you’re supporting a community of excellent writers and poets!

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“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our journal is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

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