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Every Once in a Blue Moon

Those of us that write know all about the merry-go-round of the process.  Write, submit, pray, rejection, repeat.

I received a rejection letter recently that made me think about the Numbers Game that we are involved in when it comes to submitting our writing.  It’s the luck of the draw to some extent.  This particular rejection letter stated that they had over 3,000 entries for a slot of 20 pieces to be published.  They told me to not be discouraged and to submit to them again.  …ok.

But every now and then, once in a Blue Moon, something you write gets accepted and gets published.  A miracle.

I am Proud as Punch to let my fellow writers/bloggers know that I was selected to have one of my poems published in the Beautiful print book, Poetry Quarterly, printed by Prolific Press.  I received the email letting me know about my acceptance on Monday.  That email said in part:

Congratulations on your recent publication in Poetry Quarterly. It’s true! You have made it into our pages, and now it’s time to brag unapologetically because inclusion in PQ is highly selective. In this announcement letter, sent only to poets appearing in this issue, I will include information regarding your publishing perks, as well as how to order paperbacks etc. But first, let me tell you a little about the issue.

The PQ Spring issue is very special. This is a collection readers will return to again and again. The Spring issue is usually smaller, but this year we received nearly double the submissions. We’re absolutely thrilled with this gorgeous book. 

Please do check out Poetry Quarterly’s and Prolific Press’s websites.  Prolific Press publishes under a number of different titles and genres.

Thank you, my WordPress family, for all the encouragement I receive here.  You truly are a blessing in my life.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.  ❤ Penny



Penny Wilson is an international writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

25 thoughts on “Every Once in a Blue Moon

  1. Wow Penny! I am so excited and happy for you!! Congratulations! Don’t you remember I told you that you were a great writer???? Now there is even more proof positive!!! I’m smiling ear to ear for you! I am so honored that you trusted me to be a beta reader for your book!! Looking forward to that coming out!! Celebrate, Girl!!!!


    1. You are too kind!! Thank you, thank you!! I’m working on a different approach for my book. I’ll have to send you an email and get you caught up. Thanks again, Dear Friend!! ❤ ❤


  2. Reblogged this on A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! and commented:
    Congratulations to Penny Wilsom for getting a poem published …….

    “Congratulations on your recent publication in Poetry Quarterly. It’s true! You have made it into our pages, and now it’s time to brag unapologetically because inclusion in PQ is highly selective.”


  3. Hey way to go Penny, and l totally agree with that sentiment they include ” and now it’s time to brag unapologetically because inclusion in PQ is highly selective” So let’s see if we can get you some more cheer eh 🙂


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