In March, I found out that I won the Big Sky, Small Prose writing contest. It was a total surprise to say the least. The little piece, just over 600 words, was something I just churned out after last year’s August 5th floods. It was a quick response, Continue reading
This is the year of writing and riding. I spent the spring training for an insane cycling event, called Dirty Kanza. I won a writing contest. But, while all that work was happening Continue reading
I found out last week that I won CutBank Journal‘s flash contest, Big Sky, Small Prose. This was exciting and unexpected. I do not know yet when the issue comes out, but I will update when I find out!
The contest judge was Zach VandeZande, and he wrote, “What drew me most to ‘Water’ was its sense of wonder in the midst of tragedy.” You can read the rest of the details here.
My short story, “Tusk,” came out this week in Amazon’s literary journal Day One. This is incredibly exciting, both because I’ve put literal years of work into the story and because Day One has some serious reach. The editor, Morgan Parker wrote a really lovely letter to readers. She said she loved the “eerie, southern gothic vibe” and wrote that “Even amid the menacing landscape and violent undertones of this story, I found an exciting shift in Sylvie’s confidence and ambition—the mark of all great heroines.”
I almost cried.
I’ve been thinking a lot about rejection. One of my writing goals for 2017 was to simply submit more, which seems easy, but somehow I always come up with reasons not to submit. Last year, “Tusk” was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams Short Story Contest, which was a small affirmation that I should keep trying despite the rejections. All told, I submitted the story fifteen times. This might seem like a lot or a little, but fourteen of those fifteen times I was told “thanks, but no thanks.” It’s a weird position to put yourself into willingly. I guess this is just a reflection to say that I’m incredibly excited to have a story out there in the world, yet I’m constantly thinking about what’s next.