Shawn L. Bird

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Another YAY! April 17, 2022

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:30 pm
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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!


6 Responses to “Another YAY!”

  1. Lesley Says:


  2. Susi Bocks Says:

    Congratulations, Shawn!

  3. trE Says:

    Congratulations, lady!

  4. Jim Stewart Says:

    Ah, patience. And the acceptance of how the people in our sphere of focus work. This sequence makes me happy.

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