This Monday, my short story “Ink” was published in Crab Fat Literary Magazine. You can check it out here. This was the capstone to a very productive period of writing for me.
In August, I was enjoying a period of lots of free time for writing. However, I was also swiftly approaching a new semester of teaching. Realizing that my available free time for creating was about to come to an end, I changed focus. Instead of chipping away at larger long-term projects I turned my energy toward completing a number of short stories. Meanwhile, I also started scouring small press literary journals and literary magazines that were accepting submissions. I sent out a handful of stories to a variety of publications and several of them were accepted. Over the last three months I have had three stories published in online journals. A flash fiction story “Light” was accepted by Haunted Waters Press for their Penny Fiction contest. Find out more here. My story “Stray” appeared in Animal: a Beast of a Literary Magazine. You can check it out here.
An exciting follow up to “Stray” being published is that the good folks at Animal have nominated the story for a Pushcart Prize. With the enormous volume of terrific work published by small presses every year, I have no illusions about my odds of winning. However, it is an enormous honor to be nominated.
I still have a couple stories out there under consideration, and who knows when or if they will find the right journal, but nevertheless, I am feeling pretty excited about these recent successes and am eager for my upcoming Christmas break, when I will again have a little free time for writing.