This was a good week! The whole Vita Brevis team is more than appreciative of all of your support and feedback for ourselves and our submitters. Let’s take a look at how we all did–we’ll start with some traffic statistic, review our submitters’ poetry, and then talk about our competitions and general submission opportunities:
We topped 2,000 views collectively (560 visitors) compared to last week’s 1,000 (250 visitors); we’ve topped 500 likes collectively compared to last week’s 300; we’ve pulled in over 90 comments (including our replies) compared to last week’s 40; and we’ve reached 157 followers compared to last week’s 98–and we couldn’t have done it without you–our readers and submitters are the reason we aren’t just a blank page with a fancy name.
We received 36 submissions! Of these, only eight were accepted–but remember, if your piece was rejected, we only 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 and to the quality of the overall magazine!
Short-prose-fiction submitted “Bedroom Tales,” which was an intimate, atmospheric piece with beautiful nuances such as: “Now, please, don’t move, the cat is sleeping/And dreams of guarding pharaoh’s tomb.”
Kim Whysall-Hammond sent us her “Orphan,” which we chose to publish due to its unique subject matter. It is not so much a theme- or story-oriented poem, but what we can only liken to meta-poetry–poetry which comments on the writing process itself.
And stay tuned for some great posts coming up next week!
We opened a Holiday poetry competition–spread the word and submit your entries! Also, the next competition on our list will have a $15 prize reward, due to supporters donating through our “Support Us” link. The theme has yet to be released, but keep it in mind and check in with us in the next week or so for more information.
If you’d like to help fund more paid competitions, consider “buying us a coffee” (donating $3 to the magazine via Ko-fi) so we can (i) buy our own domain and upgrade our blog plan for more creative freedom, (ii) host a writing contest every month with a cash prize, (iii) and one day pay our submitters for their work! You can contribute here.
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!