May is something called “Short Story Month.” And since making that discovery (learning that this month is a “special” month dedicated to the celebration of self’s favorite literary genre), self has decided that it is OK for her to be in a good mood today.
In keeping with the celebratory spirit, self has decided to do a quick survey of all her submissions (short stories and otherwise) since the start of the year. As it reminds her again about which journals she still feels hopeful about getting published by, and which ones gave her the equivalent of the door-slammed-in-your-face rejection (not necessarily a bad thing! Nothing like a little challenge to get those creative juices revved up and ready to go!)
All right, to begin:
- Hayden’s Ferry Review: Self only mailed them something last weekend, so it’s still too early to tell.
- The Journal: See above.
- The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction: After mailing her manuscript, self learned that a good friend also submitted. And since self thinks her friend writes far superior stories, self can pretty much write this one off.
- The Spokane Prize for Short Fiction: See above.
- New Ohio Review: Oh boy, if dear blog readers have a hankering for the instant notification, then send here. Self’s story (a story that got long, hand-written rejection from The Sun, saying it reached final round) came back so fast, the seal on the flap was probably still wet — ha ha ha!
- Prairie Schooner: a miracle, dear blog readers. It’s been five weeks, and self still hasn’t received the form rejection. (The day, however, is still young)
- Harpur Palate: Third attempt, no go.
- Quiddity: Please refer to New Ohio Review comment, above.
Perhaps self had better stop. Despite the fact that she’s having tons of wicked fun, she’s got to get busy with the serious stuff (as son arrives very soon; and after that, DM). In the spirit of eternal Star Trek (was that Kirk or Spock who spoke the lines: Space, the new frontier . . . ), self must sally forth, ever on the lookout for new worlds to conquer. And, just to keep things “fair and balanced” (self never thought she’d see the day when she’d be quoting from the Fox Network — !!), here are the sites that have published or soon will be publishing her work, this year:
- Another Kind of Paradise (Boston: Cheng & Tsui, edited by Trevor Carolan): re-printed “Lizard”
- Rogue (of the Philippines): April 2009 issue. Too, too cool. Editors got a Filipino artist to accompany self’s story with the most amazing drawings. More about this guy soon.
- Isotope: of Utah State. A journal of science and nature writing (Took one of self’s hybrid memoir/history pieces, “The Lost Language”)
- The White Whale Review: on-line zine, only starting to put together Issue # 2. Took self’s prose poem, “Ghosts.”
Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.