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FEBRUARY 2016

New Column: "The (Sub)mission: Rejection Acceptance"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing

Excerpt:

"As someone who perceives the glass as neither half-empty nor half-full, but rather, “Hot damn! There’s something in that glass,” I approach rejections with some optimism in the form of “Hmm. Next.” Not to say that getting a rejection is a joyous moment of my day. No one enjoys getting a submission response that contains the word “unfortunately.” For me, those emails unfortunately are not rare.

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New Column: "The (Sub)mission: Hard-Working Writer Seeks Widely Read Journal"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing

Excerpt:

"Your submission is a message to the journal’s editor that declares, 'I think we’d be great together.' With so many submission fish to choose from in the lit journal sea, it’s best to do something that will get the editor to notice you, such as following their submission guidelines. I know this doesn’t sound like the sexiest type of flirtation, but look at it this way: if youdon’t follow the submission guidelines, you’ll be noticed in a disqualified/rejected sort of way. Therefore, if you followthe guidelines, the journal will then actually read your submission, which is what gives the editors the opportunity to notice you and your writing capabilities."

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Chelsey will be the nonfiction workshop instructor for Writefest this year. She will also be teaching a mini-workshop, be on a few panels, and will conduct an informative interview about literary journals. Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.

Go to www.writefesthouston.com for more details.


JANUARY 2016

New Publication: "Flowchart for Fixing an Awkward Sentence"

Published on Passages North

Excerpt:

(It really is a flowchart!!!)

See entire flowchart HERE.

 

 

DECEMBER 2016

New Column: "The (Sub)mission: What My Submissions Spreadsheet Teaches Me"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing

Excerpt:

"I once submitted an essay to a journal that had read and rejected the exact same essay two weeks prior. The second essay I submitted was not an updated draft—not one single revision existed within its four pages. In fact, it wasn’t even a different document in my computer. It literally was the exact same essay. The editors were nice enough not to point this out in their repeat rejection letter."

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NOVERMBER 2016

New Publication: "Collection"

Published on Hobart

Excerpt:

Today the bookshelf dust has grabbed my attention. I was looking for my copy of Bluets because it’s just been one of those days—where chaos keeps on coming, making impacts and rippling out, echoing along with everything else that has gone wrong. Since this is not the first time a single day has felt like one big production of disarray, I know what to do to reset my nerves: ingest 240 doses of Maggie Nelson’s poetic exploration of her blue collection. During this search, my eyes eventually drifted up to the top of the bookcase and I saw something that I, for some reason, had yet to notice.

My father’s ashes are collecting dust.

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New Column: "The (Sub)mission"

Published on WOW! Women on Writing

Excerpt:

After having conversations with a variety of writers working in different genres, plus my own experience with writing, submitting, and editing/reading for numerous literary journals, I have discovered that there is really only one reason why you shouldn’t submit your work for publication:

1. You don’t want to be published.

Aside from that, I can’t figure out why someone wouldn’t want to submit her writing for publication.

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SEPTEMBER 2016

New Interview

Published in The Writer

In the September 2016 issue of The Writer magazine, Keysha Whitaker interviews Chelsey about her submissions staistics. When Chelsey was featured on Whitaker's Behind the Prose podcast in April 2015 (episode 12), Whitaker dubbed her "The Submissions Queen" because of the 100 publications Chelsey received in just two years. Whitaker's article explores how tracking your submissions can help you to grow as a writer and published author. The Writer is available in bookstores, or you can order your copy HERE.

 

 JANUARY 2016

Chelsey Clammer's creative thesis manuscript, Circadian, has been selected as the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award winner! The prize includes an honorarium and publication of the book by Red Hen Press. To see the full list of winners from Red Hen Press's Award series click HERE.

Circadian is a collection of lyric essays that goes beyond personal narrative, and uses language and different structures of thought as a framework to explore experiences of trauma, mental illnesses, and relationships. Using math to figure out the problem of an alcoholic father, weather to re-consider trauma, the history of sexism to understand our connection with names, and grammar as a way to question our identities, these “facts” don’t work as metaphors, but frameworks and forms. It is through these frameworks that we witness the brilliant and destructive cycles of who we are.