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“MTWTF” has arrived

June 15, 2020

My short story “MTWTF” has appeared in print. The copy of WORKERS WRITER! Tales from the Classifieds arrived in my mailbox over the weekend.

Like so many of my stories, I’d had this one for a couple of years, shopping it around until it found its proper home.

The story was not heavily edited (though they did change “bosom” to “chest” and a few minor things like that), but the review process was pleasant and professional. This was one of the few times I’d received a proof copy of the story to review prior to publication. And the editor responded personally to me twice when I had asked about publication dates. This was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

My story appears in the back third of the collection, which is fine and it reminds me of my running days at the back of the pack, but I’ll consider it a great day when one of my pieces appears in the front half of a journal!

MTWTF has found a home

January 20, 2020

My short story “MTWTF” has found a home. It has been accepted by Workers Write!, an annual print publication now in its 16th year.

I checked my records and learned that I’ve been circulating this story for a year and a half. I didn’t realize I had been trying so long. In that time I’d sent it to a total of 18 prospective publications and received 16 rejections. (One was pending response at the time of acceptance.)

I’d sent this to Workers Write! last summer, and while I never despaired, I suspected it was just one of those publications that only responds if interested. (Most of the rejections for this story were swift. And there were so many rejections!) I liked this story — I even dared to share it with a writer friend whose opinion I respect — but I began to suspect it was too quirky for publication. At nearly 4,000 words, I knew it was close to the it-must-be-a-perfect-fit status to be accepted. Glad that was not the case! (Or maybe it was. Maybe it is a perfect fit.)

I don’t know yet when the issue will come out — I’m going to get more details and a publishing contract for it soon, I’m told.

Anyway, pretty good start to a new year.