I think that all writers realize that they’ll get a lot of rejections, and I’ve followed that norm. I’ll admit that at times I despaired about every having a story accepted by a literary magazine, so I was surprised and thrilled to get an email last week from Short Fiction Break literary magazine accepting my first short story! It is set to come out on July 7th, and I am really looking forward to updating the fiction page here with a link to the story on their site. I have stories submitted at MANY other lit mags, and this has given me some renewed hope that some good news will come from those other stories as well!
I know this isn’t the normal experience, but I just finished participating in the Write Practice’s Spring Contest, and it was great fun! I say that it wasn’t the normal experience because it began with critique groups to workshop our stories. We had about a two week period to post, critique, revise, repost, critique some more, revise some more, and repeat. It was a more focused work environment than I’d participated in lately, and I loved the confidence build of writing something new and seeing it shape into a quality story in that short of a time. I find it easy to get stuck in revising the work that I already have, so I liked the reminder to keep writing new stories too. In the end, I probably overworked the story, but when I come back to it in a few weeks to revise it again, it will be a good place to build from. It will be published on Short Fiction Break, so I’ll post a link on this site when that happens. Update: Here is the link!
So, now to just keep writing something new, and somehow find time to revise it all as well. So much to do!
I’ve only gotten my feet wet so far, so I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve been checking out literary journals lately and it’s been a steep learning curve. I started out focused on Glimmer Train, and I am really looking forward to getting a piece accepted there. From what I’ve seen so far, they write very nice rejection letters and the two that I’ve received so far have each been different. Two different form letters? Perhaps, but I like to think the sisters took a small amount of time. They have so many open submission periods, that there’s always something to look forward to. Many of the rest have somewhat ran together. I appreciate the ones who who Submittable, so that my subs are oraganized easily. I was excited by One Story’s special offer to submitters to get five issues for five dollars, as I would love to read all the journals, but the cost would add up. My best experience so far has been with Short Fiction Break. I submitted in the evening and the next day I had an email from the editor giving praise for my story, as well as detailed criticism, offering for me to resubmit the story within the next month. So much of the submission process has been like a vacuum, that getting detailed feedback was a welcome change.