Just got word that my short story “Her Experiment” has been accepted to Spoon Knife Volume 7, which involved a submissions call for stories about transition.
I’m pretty surprised. I did something with this story I don’t like to admit: I didn’t let anyone read it before I sent it out. I actually don’t think I’ve EVER done that before–I value the input of readers and I would always advise writers to get at least a few people to help them work the kinks out.
And then it was accepted at the very first place I submitted it. Welp.
(I do not plan to learn from this that it’s better to go without beta readers. Terrible lesson.)
I also was very pessimistic about this story and didn’t like it after I wrote it. Worried that I rushed it and forced it. Worried that it was ugly. Worried that it was too long.
It IS too long. But that’s allowed where I sent it.
Anyway, it’ll be published in Spring 2023. I’ll give information about how to read it at that time.