I think I finally have closure regarding the fate of my story “Twice Blest” and the magazine that accepted it for publication then went on radio silence. I had tried various ways to reach the editor but got no response. I spoke to several friends and one editor who each suggested I wait for a while, which I have.
Recently I checked my gold standard for magazines — Duotrope’s Digest — and saw the the magazine in question is now listed as “believed defunct.” I wrote to Duotrope to see if they could give me any background, and they responded that they haven’t received any responses from the magazine either, despite repeated attempts. Thus their classification of “believed defunct.” (The person who wrote back said she’d had an experience similar to mine. I guess we’ve all been there.) I’ve also written to the editor of the defunct magazine, officially withdrawing my story.
I think that settles it. Not the outcome I wanted, but at least an outcome.
Now I can polish the story a little more and start sending it out to other markets.
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