“Icarus” has landed

XIR3675 Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555 (oil on canvas) by Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (c.1525-69); 73.5×112 cm; Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; (add.info.: Icarus seen with his legs thrashing in the sea;); Giraudon; Flemish, out of copyright

Well, the mythical Icarus crash landed, but that does sort of happen in my story “Icarus.”

Anyway, I learned yesterday that “Icarus” has been accepted at Magnolia Review for an upcoming issue. I should know more after I sign the contract and return it.

Magnolia Review had published another story of mine, “Fire Sermon,” a little over two years ago. They even nominated it for a Pushcart Prize.

I thought “Icarus” was a pretty straightforward story, but I’ve been sending it out for more than a year, and it had received eleven rejections (three more pending, and this acceptance, so fifteen submissions in all). I sent it to Magnolia Review for its Defining Moment-themed issue, and there is certainly one of those in the story.


The painting above was long thought to be by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but modern scholarship has raised doubt about this. It was Iris Murdoch’s favorite depiction of the mythological event. That’s Icarus in the the lower right, already mostly in the water, while the others in the painting just go about their business.

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