Saturday, July 24, 2010

Getting Closer

I'm a little behind schedule at Best New Poets this summer. Must be the heat -- and it's supposed to be 102 today. The weather people forecast a bone-chilling 89 on Monday.

This year at BNP, we had nearly 1500 entries, with one to two poems in each entry. A pool of six readers narrowed this pool down to 180 finalist poems, which we've sent along to our guest editor, Claudia Emerson. She picks the final 50.

We expect results sometime in mid- to late-August. I had hoped to be much further along than I am, and I apologize to those of you who are eagerly awaiting a final e-mail. Remember, like at many literary magazines, you can simultaneously submit to BNP and elsewhere. We don't expect you to put your lives on hold for us.

Stand by to stand by, but we're getting toward done.

--Series Editor


  1. You know what they say, good things take time.
    Patience never hurt, either.
    Good luck!

  2. Would we know if we're in the pool of 180?
    Thanks for the update! It's appreciated.

  3. Thanks for communicating.

    Was anyone rejected, or notified there of? My manuscript status still says "OPEN 1 Reading."

  4. Mine says the same thing.

  5. 1500 entries x 1.5 poems each = 2250 poems.

    180 finalists / 2250 poems = 8% chance of being a finalist.

    50 selected / 2250 poems = 2.2% chance of being included

    (On the bright side, if you made it to the finals:
    50 selected / 180 finalists = 27.8% liklihood.)

  6. Yes, but assuming that at least 25% of the submissions are absolute dreck (as they inevitabley are) one's chances for inclusion rise considerably.

  7. Really. Stop raining on my anticipatory parade.