accepted for publication in The Fieldstone Review. It's an online literary journal produced by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. I opened an email from TFR (not the snail mail picture I've shown) this morning and was excited to read that my story would be in their 2016 issue. I read the email to Gary (it was short) and his comment was, "How much are they going to pay you?" Sigh. I had to explain to him that there would be no actual money but the prestige- priceless. I exaggerate, of course. Still, it isn't easy to have a short story accepted for publication. The story has to be decent, it has to fit the needs of the editors and it has to compete with many other submissions. All of these things present problems. Writing a story isn't easy. You can't just sit down at the keyboard and tap it out. Way more than that goes into even a bad story. Editors are inundated with submissions and many literary magazines are labours of love. Their editors have day jobs or the editing is a component of their day job. There are a lot of people who want to be published, too. Many of them are fine writers, many more are not and the editors have to read their work to find the story they want. There is luck involved. If your story hits a theme or subject that has been in the magazine lately, it will be rejected even if it is well done.
I feel like a won the crap-shoot this time. Hurrah. I'll post the link to my story when it actually appears.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.