“A story isn’t about a moment in time, a story is about the moment in time.”
-W.D. Wetherell

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In light of my story “For Zanna” being published in The Glass Parachute, I decided to go over my log that details what markets I sent it to, as well as highlights when I sent it. So, going back to the beginning of 2010, January 13, the first place I submitted the story was Our Stories’ Richard Bausch Short Fiction Contest… I didn’t win.

The next time I sent the story out was in September. I’m thinking I must’ve done a revision to the story in that time as well, because that’s a lengthy time between submissions. Not that I haven’t had those gaps before, but two years ago I was more adamant about sending my work out than I have been in recent months… Shhhh. The second place I submitted to was the Writers of the Future contest. Anyone who submits to that contest knows that they hold up your submission for what seems like forever! But I had confidence in my work. I didn’t win or get an Honorable Mention.

The next time the story went out was the beginning of January 2011. Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show was the market, and I received a rejection by the end of the month.

After the above rejection, I resubmitted “For Zanna” the very same day. I sent it to Lightspeed and received a rejection three days later…lol! The speed of their response time (at least, their rejection response time) always tickles me. And the fact that their name is “Lightspeed” just makes it that much more amusing. It has always softened the blow of the rejection, really.

February 3rd I submitted the story to Daily Science Fiction, the market where I already had one story published… I received a rejection e-mail twenty days later.

On February 26, 2011 the story was submitted to Abyss & Apex, and the rejection arrived March 7.

The story was held by BULL SPEC from March 7, 2011 to September 29, 2011. Half a year.

Then on October 18th I submitted the story to Escape Pod, an audio podcast magazine. It was rejected January 4, 2012. That’s like the day after I moved to Florida, lol… “Welcome to Florida!!!” Haha.

But after all of that time, submissions, and rejections, I pressed on. On February 17th, I sent the story to Matt Edginton, the founder of Villipede Publications, who was constructing a brand new anthology, entitled The Glass Parachute, via invite-only submissions. He liked it, accepted it, published it…. and now history is being made!

So January 13, 2010 to February 17, 2012 was how long it took for my story “For Zanna” to be accepted for publication. It took two years (and additional months until the actual publication date) but it happened!

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