I love the proliferation of short fiction online. It’s possible to find a lot of good stories in a range of genres, although that proliferation sometimes makes it challenging to sift through. That being said, a story by my friend Jen Neale placed second in the Masters Review fall fiction contest. Read “Pool People.” (Congrats, Jen!)
This story captivated me on a recent weekend: “The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds”
As did this one: “THE IMMENSE MELANCHOLY OF THE SALTVILLE MAMMOTHS”
This is funny, especially having worked on a literary magazine and yet I still do the same darn thing. The most important takeaway though (apart from Chinese takeaway) is this: “Don’t watch the calendar (or the clock) over those old submissions. Instead, write something new.”
And put things in further perspective by reading this: Some Myths About Your Litmag Submissions
When you feel like tearing it all down, read The Empty Container.
“I felt celebrated and also robbed simultaneously.” This reminds me that I need to stop by the library and pick up my reserved copy of The Queen of the Night.