Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, raised the bar for all writers. But you need not feel that faint twinge of jealousy. Turns it took Elizabeth Gilbert a looooong time to be accepted:
After more than five years of sending out work for publication and collecting only rejection letters, she finally broke onto the literary scene in 1993, when one of her short stories was pulled from the slush pile at Esquire magazine and published under the heading “The Debut of an American Writer.” (excerpt from Elizabeth Gilbert's bio).
So, let's spend the summer writing well. As Elizabeth Gilbert says, "PUT IT OUT THERE."