September 7th, 2014 / 12:11 am

What’s the longest you’ve gone from having a piece of writing accepted for publication by a journal and the piece actually being published? (I’m interested in journals only.) I’m pushing two years for one of my favorite poems :(


  1. Christopher Lirette

      A year and a half at Drunken Boat: Submitted October 12, 2011; Accepted January 29, 2012; Published June 14, 2013. There was some editorial turnover, I believe, during that interim. Here’s that poem: “Syllabus of Errors

  2. Christopher

      Four years. Fiction International. I couldn’t believe it when I got the e-mail last year. I think they might have been clearing their old system, as one of my friends is on for five years with them!

  3. shaun gannon

      One and a half years for somesuch school’s magazine, I don’t remember what it was called. I only found it notable because they solicited me which happens pretty much as rarely as my submitting things in general, so when they asked me for something, I sent them a poem right away.

      A month later, I got a VERY detailed reply with multiple versions of edited drafts of my submission, which I was very appreciative for. Unfortunately there was one edit i couldn’t do (because ending the poem with madonna lyrics was too funny for me to not do) and I sent back a heavily revised version, but kept my ending.

      A year and a half later, the guy emails me and says it wouldn’t be a good fit for the magazine, which was especially funny to me since this was a school mag which means it had definitely printed at least that issue I’d submitted to, if not another one after that as well.

  4. Erik Stinson

      65 years, california journal of horse and pony implements

  5. Mike Crossley

      I am pushing about 5 or 6 years for the New York Quarterly. But it is understandable, I guess, as they are having some discussions regarding proceeding. But the poem rocks, I think.

  6. Mike Crossley

      I do know Opium Magazine recommended one fiction piece of mine for publication around the same time, maybe earlier, so that one might be 7 years.