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Since January 2011, I have had 1,278 rejections. That’s a lot of nos. You would think that after my 1200th rejection, I would a) get some sort of trophy, or b) reconsider if writing was really my “thing.” But alas, nope—no need to reconsider anything. I love writing too much to quit it. Plus, I’m resilient and persistent. Or maybe I’m just absurdly stubborn—which is true. I have 1,278 rejection letters to prove this to you.

Each rejection cleared the way for a different route through the maze towards publication. Each rejection just meant that I was at least one more submission closer to finding the right home for my writing.

~ From Chelsey's monthly column (11/2016) on WOW! Women on Writing, "The Sub(mission)"


(Prepare yourself for the abridged list of Chelsey's 150+ publications)

(If you would like a complete list, please contact me)



BodyHome, Hopewell Publications (2015)

Circadian, Red Hen Press (Fall 2017)



"A Message for Writers from an Editor: We Love You," Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays. Ed. Windy Harris. Writer's Digest, 2017.

“Hands.” Queering Sexual Violence. 2016.

"Ear Muffs for Muff Diving," The V-Word, Edited by Amber Keyser, Simon & Schuster, 2016.


Lyric/Hybrid Essays

"June Bugs." Foliate Oak Magazine. January 2019.

"Carving Out a Community." WOW Women on Writing: The Trenches. January 2019.

"Balcony, 3am." Atticus Review. January 2019.

"Lately, There Have Been No Essays." BrevityJuly 2019.

"What Weeps." Stirring Lit. July 2018.

"Which Another Way of Saying Decay." The Missing Slate. December 2017.

"Heartbeat Detected." The Rumpus. October 2017.

"The Effects of Silence: Unheard Outcries of Child Abuse." The Nervous Breakdown. October 2017.

"The (In)voice of God." Crab Fat Magazine. July 2017.

"It's a Long Story." The Normal School. Spring 2017.

"Then She Flew Away." (Reprint) One Person's Trash. May 2017.

"Collection," Hobart, November 2016.

"Circadian," Another Chicago Magazine, Summer 2016.

"An Editor's Reference List for Positive Feedback," McSweeney's, June 2016.

"Two Words," Word Riot, June 2016.

"A Striking Resemblance," The Fem, March 2016.

"Outline for Change." Green Mountains Review, Fall 2015, Vol. 28 No. 2.

"Skin and Kin." Tikkun Magazine. January 2016.

"Horizon-ed." Room Magazine. Winter 2015.

"Twenty-six Junctures of How I am a Part of You." Best New Writing. Fall 2015. ***Winner of the Eric Hoffer Prose Award***

"Lying In the Lyric." Essay Daily, August 2015.

"Mother Tongue." Black Warrior Review, April 2015. ***2nd Place for the 2014 Nonfiction Contest***

"Body of Work, On Structure Courting Content." Essay Daily, March 2015. 

"Dear You." Atticus Review. February 2015.

"A Striking Resemblance." Water~Stone Review, November 2014. ***Honorable Mention for the 2014 Judith Kitchen Nonfiction Contest***

"I could title this wavering." Labletter. February 2015

"An Index for Bi the Book: How to Become Bisexual in Less than a Month." The Drunken Odyssey, November 2014.

"10 Warning Letters that Could Have Helped My College GPA." The Drunken Odyssey, October 2014.

"Our Father." Stoneslide Corrective. October 2014.

"Lil' Lesbo-Festo: A Misogynist Rapper Helps to Write a Womanifesto." Crab Fat Literary Magazine, October 2014.

"Trigger Warnings." Essay Daily. July 2014

"On Three." New Delta Review. May 2014

"The Howls of Our Homes." Owen Wister. May 2014

"One Time at the Village Inn." Star 82 Review. March 2014

"Eat Me, I'm Organic." The Nervous Breakdown. February 2014

"The Learning Curve." Gravel. August 2013

"Echo." Two Hawks Quarterly. June 2013

"Restricted." Pithead Chapel. May 2013

“Seven.” The Dying Goose. March 2013

"Diving In." Eunoia Review. April 2013

“Sensed.” The Doctor T.J. Eckleberg Review. Fall 2012

 “I Have Been Thinking About.” Cobalt. Fall 2012. Winner for the 2012 Nonfiction Contest

“Objects of Desire.” Red Fez Magazine. August 2012

“Forty-Two Blue Fires Burning.” The Writing Disorder. Fall 2012

“Triptych of a White Girl with Dreadlocks.” Kansas City Voices. Summer 2012

“On Grief.” Flagler Review. Spring 2012

 “Bodyhome.” Revolution House. Spring 2012. Winner for the Editor's Pick, Nonfiction, 2012

“Story of BodyHome.” Stone Highway Review. May/June 2012

“Grasp.” Spittoon. Spring 2012

 “Objects of Desire.” THIS Literary Magazine. January 2012



"Well that was Awkward as Fuck." The Flexible Persona. September 2017.

"The V-Word Blog: Plot Twist," Riveted, March 2016.

"I Live In a Town." The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review. Fall 2015.

"Not Kidding." Slink Chunk Press. August, 2015.

"What It's Like to Love Someone." Dirty Chai. May 2015.

"Swerve." Crack the Spine, March 2015.

"The Guide to Kissing Like a Butterfly." Eunoia Review, March 2015.

"Herted Skies." Hamilton Stone Review, March 2015.

"Coupons." Free State ReviewSpring 2014

"Same/Different." Work Literary Magazine, July 2014

"Matchbooks, Pennies." The Meadow, Summer 2014

"Overalls." Progenitor. Forthcoming, May 2014

"That's Dirty." Whistle Fire. May 2014

"Curtains." Seltzer. April 2014

"What You Finally Attend To." Cobalt Review. March 2014

"Joe." Twenty-Four Hours Online. March 2014

"Write Essay Done." Crack the Spine. September 2013

 “Dinner Time.” Sugar Mule. August, 2013

"The Family Jewels." Cliterature. June 2013 

"Autopsy Report." Temenos. June 2013.

"Reading Into the Madness." (Podcast) The Drunken Odyssey with John King. May 2013

"Shirley?" bioStories. May 2013

"Linda." Embodied Effigies. Featured Writing, March 2013

"Roll." Red Fez. February 2013

"Eyes of the Beholder." MsFit Mag. April 2013

"In the Ward." Trans Lit Mag. January 2013

"Running FAQ." Ms. Fit Magazine. January 2013

"Your Lesbian Haircut." The Bookends Review. January 2013

"Sarah." The Coachella Review. January 2013

"Shoal Creek Carrie." Northwind Magazine. January 2013

“Betty Ann.” Meat for Tea. December 2012

“Waking Up to It.” Subliminal Interiors. Winter 2012

"Jen." Newtown Literary Journal. Winter 2012

“Writing Blind.” Vine Leaves. Fall 2012

“Infestation.” Museum of Americana. Fall 2012

“Cut.” The Rumpus. Fall 2012

“Her Hands.” The Rusty Nail. Fall 2012

“Man in the Basement.” This Great Society. Fall 2012

“Inkling.” The Atticus Review. August 2012

“Unnoticed.” Epiphany. August 2012

“Pounce.” Off the Rocks. Summer 2012

“Peach.” The Citron Review. June 2012

“Starving to Write.” ninePatch, Fall 2012

“Sabrina.” The Coachella Review. Summer 2012

“Hands.” SN Review. Spring 2012

“Scaffolding.” The Prompt. Spring 2012

“On Ecstasy.” Sleet. Spring 2012

“Stature of Her Story.” Emerge Literary Journal. Winter 2012


Craft Essays & Submission Column

"Submissions Flowchart." Wow! Women on Writing. November 2017.

"Fight Like a Writer." Wow! Women on Writing. September 2017.

"Craftology." Tishman Review. Summer 2017.

"Writing Contests: You Have Nothing to Lose." Wow! Women on Writing. July 2017.

"Breathe and Proceed: Poet Tammy Robacker on How to Submit the Hard Stuff." WOW! Women on Writing. June 2017.

"How to Hold Your Horses." WOW! Women on Writing. May 2017.

"Caring About Cover Letters." Wow! Women on Writing. April 2017.

"Find or Fling?" WOW! Women on Writing. March 2017.

"Rejection Acceptance." WOW! Women on Writing. February 2017.

"Hard-Working Writer Seeks Widely Read Journal." WOW! Women on Writing. January 2017.

"Flowchart for Fixing an Awkward Sentence." Passages North, January 2017.

"What My Submissions Spreadsheet Teaches Me." WOW! Women on Writing. December 2016.

"Submit 'Til You Make It." WOW! Women on Writing. November 2016.

"The Business of Publishing." Microcosm blog, January 2016.

"Respect the Comma-Maker." The Review Review, August, 2015.

"A Message for Writers from Editors: We Love You." The Review Review. May 2015.

"On Revision: Cut It Out." April 2015.

"Top 5 Questions to Bring Out an Editor's Sassy Side." The Review Review. January 2015

"A Call to Get Organized!" The Review Review. January 2015

"Sound It Out." The Review Review. February 2015.



"Vaginatarian." Quaint Magazine. August 2014

"ILL." Lamp Lit Underground. August 2014

"Liked." Lamp Lit Underground. August 2014

"Shape Up." Sterling Magazine. Summer 2014

"Nudge." (And an interview at the end!). Crossed Out Magazine. February 2014

"Lucky." The Coe Review. July 2013

"Clings."  Crossed-Out Magazine. June 2013

"The Acceptance Speech." Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. January 2013



"Attempt." One Throne Magazine. December 2014.

"Kitchen." Milk Sugar Literary Magazine. August 2013




Review of Samanta Schweblin's Fever Dream, The Rumpus. March 2017

Review of Jade Sharma's Problems, The Rumpus, June 2016.

Review of Alison Hawnthorne Deming's Zoologies, Newfound, March 2016.

Review of Story Club. The Review Review, June 2015

Review of Sheilds & Shards & Stitches & Songs, Word Riot, June 2015

Review of The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far, Electric Literature, June 2015

Review of Able Muse, The Review Review, April 2015

Review of The Collagist, The Review Review, January 2015

Review of House of Coates, Electric Lit, December 2014

Review of Flag + Void, The Review Review, November 2014

Review of Storm Cellar. The Review Review, October 2014

Review of The Other Side. Electric Lit, October 2014

Review of Ninth Letter, 11.1. The Review Review. July 2014

Review of Salt Hill Journal #32. The Review Review. May 2014

Critique of Dinah Lenney's The Object ParadeThe Nervous Breakdown. May 2014

Critique of Michelle Orange's This is Running for Your LifeCigale Lit Magazine. April 2014

Review of Experimental Fiction Journal. The Review Review. April 2014

Critique of Thalia Field's Bird Lovers, BackyardGazing Grain Press. April 2014



"Wish I Was Somewhere" and "Flower," Gravel. March 2015.

"Rugged." OVS Magazine. Winter 2013