Happy Canada Day!
Aside from celebrating the nation’s birthday, I’m also happy to announce two items of news today. Sometimes I think the biggest lesson of being a writer is the lesson of patience. You send out a submission, and then you wait. First, you may have to wait for up to a year before you get the news that the poem or story you coddled into existence has been accepted or rejected. Then, if rejected, you send it out again and wait. If accepted, you wait for another few months to a year before it finally appears in print or online.
This morning, I opened my email to discover that my story, Crows’ Flight, is finally about to make its public appearance in Room, issue 34.2, which has been printed, and should be on the newsstands in about a week.
I am in fantastic company in this issue. There are poems by Adele Graf, Sharon Butala and Gillian Sze and stories from Christina Wells, Kate Delany and Lenore Rowntree. There are many more, but you’ll have to read the issue to find out. If you would like to receive a copy of this issue in the mail, you may be eligible for a special “Friends of ROOM” offer: if you subscribe online using the subscription code (which you can request from me), you’ll get this issue mailed to you for free, in addition to your full subscription term. Here’s the link to subscribe: http://roommagazine.com/subscribe.html. Please note that you must subscribe, which is not free. Only this issue is free.
I also found out that SPLIT Quarterly’s third issue, SPELL, has just been posted online. Pop over and read my essay Garden. When you’re done, you can read fiction by David Atkinson and Brian Mihok, and enjoy the incredibly detailed art of Joe Pimentel. Perhaps the best place to start, after the cover, is with the editor’s note, from Richard Kriheli, who is also the founder of this fine magazine. SPLIT is, in his words, “an experiment in digital publishing designed to showcase emerging talent in the art of storytelling. We are focused on the advancement of the literary arts and seek to break the predictable trends of traditional publishing. It is said that in order to actualize change, a split from routine must be in order.”