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Meet our featured client, Lisa Low! With an MFA in poetry, Lisa knows how to write poems that people want to read. And editors have agreed: Over twenty of Lisa’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Virginia Normal, Spillway, Streetlight Magazine, The Potomac Review, and Crack the Spine—just to name a few!

Read on and watch the video to find out how working with Writer’s Relief helped Lisa stick to a schedule of making regular submissions and softened the sting of any rejection letters.

In Lisa’s Own Words

Hello, my name is Lisa Low, and I am a writer, which is something I can say with more confidence now that I’m working with Writer’s Relief. Last summer, as I began to ease into my future as a full-time writer, an advertisement for Writer’s Relief appeared on my computer screen. Curious but skeptical, I pushed buttons, read more, and decided—not without hesitation—okay, I’ll submit my work.

A few days later, I received an e-mail telling me my work had been accepted by Writer’s Relief.

I called Writer’s Relief and asked: “What does it mean that you accepted my work?”

The answer: “It means we think it’s publishable.”

My next question, still skeptical: “How does Writer’s Relief work?”

“Every two months, Writer’s Relief determines the best twenty-five to thirty literary journals where you should submit your poems.”

“Then what?”

“Then you pour coffee and wait. Even with careful targeting, your chances may be one in a hundred to get an acceptance.”

But my chances turned out much better.

I got my first acceptance in an e-mail from Katherine Smith, the poetry editor at Potomac Review, ten weeks into my waiting. I literally screamed with joy. Aside from giving birth twice, it was about the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me.

Last summer, despite matriculating forty years ago in an MFA program in poetry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I had only three published poems to my name.

Today, six months later, thanks to Writer’s Relief, I have twenty-one more poems published or forthcoming (three more poems have been accepted since I taped the video that goes with this statement).

Each of these successes not only motivates me, but makes me more eligible to apply for a Connecticut State Arts Fellowship or an NEA.

For me, the best features of Writer’s Relief are these:

  • Writer’s Relief magnifies what you can do on your own. Instead of sending to one journal, your poems are sent to twenty-five to thirty journals at a time, increasing your chances of success.
  • Instead of haphazard recordkeeping, Writer’s Relief keeps a meticulous log, always available online, of everything that’s been sent; where and whether accepted, and what and why and how.
  • Writer’s Relief keeps you moving your little ships out into the world, every two months, preventing the diminution of confidence writers are sometimes prone to.

I can’t recommend Writer’s Relief highly enough. I’ve written all my life, almost every day of my life, but I’ve always been an indifferent submitter and easily disheartened by rejections, however kindly stated.

Writer’s Relief lifts you up when you might otherwise fall. As a result of their hard work, their team of expert marketers, and perhaps most importantly, their excellent recordkeeping, I now have a list of published poems longer than my arm—and I’m pretty sure it’s just the beginning.

Thank you, Writer’s Relief. I am extremely fond of you, and very grateful to you. And to my fellow writers anxious to get your own shows on the road: Don’t call me. Call Writer’s Relief!

More About Lisa

Lisa Low’s reviews, interviews, and academic essays have appeared in The Massachusetts ReviewThe Boston ReviewCrosscurrents, and Woolf Studies Annual. She is co-editor with Anthony Harding of Milton, the Metaphysicals, and Romanticism (Cambridge University Press, 1994), and she has published numerous scholarly essays on Virginia Woolf. Her poetry has also been published in Delmarva Review, Broken Plate, Tusculum Review, BoomerLitMag, Litbreak Magazine, and Evening Street Review.

Learn more about Lisa at her website.

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