Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Winter 2022-2023

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests. Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus,… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Winter 2022-2023

Summer 2022 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Uncharted, Epiphany, Hobart, Boulevard, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2022 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from June 2022 - August 2022. I've decided to… Continue reading Summer 2022 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Uncharted, Epiphany, Hobart, Boulevard, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Fall 2022

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from September 1, 2022 through November 30, 2022. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests. Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus,… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Fall 2022

Spring 2022 Rejections: Witness, Narrative, CRAFT, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2022 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from March 2022 - May 2022. Rejection from Daily… Continue reading Spring 2022 Rejections: Witness, Narrative, CRAFT, and More Literary Journals

Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg Book Festival logo I've been invited to give my submissions workshop at the lovely Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD for a third time on Saturday, May 21. Perhaps you've written a few stories, poems or essays and want to know where and how to submit your work for publication. What's the best draft… Continue reading Attend My Free Submissions Workshop at the 2022 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash When are traditions worth breaking? When can they heal other patterns that hurt? My latest short story publication, "Evergreen Promises," explores these questions and appears in print in Palooka #12: Evergreen Promises “I’ll never buy a real Christmas tree again,” I say as I flip on the car’s emergency lights. “Huh?” My stepdaughter… Continue reading Acceptance Isn’t Always Publication, or How “Evergreen Promises” Got Published

Winter 2022 Rejections: Mystery Magazine, Asimov’s, Epiphany, Alaska Quarterly Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2022 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from December 2021 - February 2022. Rejection from Fiction… Continue reading Winter 2022 Rejections: Mystery Magazine, Asimov’s, Epiphany, Alaska Quarterly Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Spring 2022

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022. Spring is a great time to submit to literary journals associated with universities before the end of their semester. Response times may lag over the summer though and the pandemic continues… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Spring 2022

Fall 2021 Rejections: Boulevard, The Southern Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Kenyon Review, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2021 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the rejections I collected from September 2021 - November 2021. Rejection from Boulevard… Continue reading Fall 2021 Rejections: Boulevard, The Southern Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Kenyon Review, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Winter 2021

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests. Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Winter 2021

Summer 2021 Rejections: Crazyhorse, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2021 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the various rejections I collected from June 2021 - August 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Summer 2021 Rejections: Crazyhorse, Epiphany, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Fall 2021

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from September 1, 2021 through November 30, 2021. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Fall 2021

Spring 2021 Rejections: The Common, The Cincinnati Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Rumpus, Upstreet, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2021 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the various rejections I collected from March 2021 - May 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Spring 2021 Rejections: The Common, The Cincinnati Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Rumpus, Upstreet, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Summer 2021

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover,… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Summer 2021

Winter 2021 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Witness, Epiphany, Ruminate, SmokeLong Quarterly, 100 Word Story, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2021 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the various rejections I collected from December 2020 - February 2021. Rejection from… Continue reading Winter 2021 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Witness, Epiphany, Ruminate, SmokeLong Quarterly, 100 Word Story, and More Literary Journals

Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Spring 2021

See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed: This contest submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021. Spring is a great time to submit to literary journals that read during the academic year or opportunities that take place during the summer. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for… Continue reading Worthwhile Fiction Contests for Spring 2021

How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication

Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash Can flash fiction be a pensive cup of slowly sipped tea, among all the espresso shots of flash fiction? Pull up a chair on the balcony and let's find out. My latest publication, "Imperfect Balconies," appears in Nevermore Journal. The story is free to read online. Here is the opening: Imperfect BalconiesWhen… Continue reading How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication

How Writing a Screenplay with My Best Friend Led to Our First Story Publication

What makes a boy grow up to become an arsonist? My first co-written short story, "sparkbirth," is now published in Down & Out: The Magazine. Here are the opening lines: sparkbirthWhen I turned eleven, Mom forgot to buy more birthday candles. So instead of eleven little sticks, I got two. She pretended 1 + 1 made… Continue reading How Writing a Screenplay with My Best Friend Led to Our First Story Publication

“afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly

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Happy New Year! My latest flash fiction publications, "afterglow" and "Dialing Islands," are published this morning in MacQueen's Quinterly. Both are free to read online. Here are the openings of both stories: afterglowShe wonders aloud what his orgasms are like. He lacks the clarity to inhabit what just happened, but he wants to try before the… Continue reading “afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly

Fall 2020 Rejections: AGNI, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, Epiphany, Nimrod, Ruminate, Witness, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2020 edition. Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not "publish" the rejections themselves? Here are the various rejections I collected from September 2020 - November 2020. Rejection from… Continue reading Fall 2020 Rejections: AGNI, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, Epiphany, Nimrod, Ruminate, Witness, and More Literary Journals