Patience is a virtue is proven in this one!
After a couple years of yearning whenever a new copy of a favourite literature magazine arrived, thinking “I wish I could be published in this,” I finally told myself that to make it happen, I would actually have to submit something. I had a story that I thought would be a good fit, and sent it off March 2021. At that time, their site said they respond within 3 months.
At 6 months when I hadn’t heard, I thought it was probably a good sign, that it might have been put into a ‘maybe’ file. At 9 months, I sent a note and asked about the piece.
In January 2022 I got a decline on the story. I was sad, because I still thought it was a really good fit for them, but that’s just the way things work. I pondered sending it elsewhere, or releasing it as one of my Minute Reads. But I didn’t get around to it.
Last week I got an email asking if the story was still available. 13 months after submitting.
So yay! Sometimes things work out unexpectedly. You never know who at a publication will say, “But what about that story, wouldn’t it work here?”
Submit pieces you know would be good fits, and the editors may (eventually) agree with you! 🙂
After the contracts are signed, I will let you know where to get your copy!
Ah, patience. And the acceptance of how the people in our sphere of focus work. This sequence makes me happy.
I understand it was misfiled at one point in the process. Glad it was re-discovered! 🙂