Good News for Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

photo by Chris Galvin

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: 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.”


About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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6 Responses to Good News for Canada Day

  1. That’s fantastic, Chris! I’m so happy for you! One small step for Chris… with giant ones to come!!

    • chris says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words Charles. I’m so happy to finally have a publication in my own country for a change (Room is a Canadian magazine). All my others have been in Viet Nam, with one in the States. It’s good to have something online too, with the publication on SPLIT.

  2. Congratulations, Chris! That’s really great news! You’re right, patience is key as well as perseverance. It really pays off. Hope to see more of your work soon.

    • chris says:

      Thanks Claudia. There will be more of my work available soon, as I’ve a number of publications pending. More waiting…

      As I said in my comment to Charles, above, I’m glad to have some publications that are more accessible, being both in English and in North America. 🙂

  3. Great news! I’ll have to track down an issue!

    • chris says:

      Thanks Nathan! You might be able to find one in one of the mega-book & mag stores, which often carry literary magazines. I think they will be delivered during the upcoming week, though I suppose it might take an extra few days to get to the States.

      Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and commenting.

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