I must confess, I’ve not been good about submitting my short stories for publication lately. There’s a catch-22 usually with publishing. You have to be published to get published. It’s frustrating but really all this means is, like in most any job, you start at the bottom and work your way up. Not everyone succeeds this way, but it’s the most common way of getting your name into the publishing world.
Usually, when I get a short story written, I’m not self controlled enough to keep it to myself, I like to share with you all the story I managed to get out of my head onto paper, but if I post the story on the blog, most publications consider it already published and don’t want it. So the majority of my short stories aren’t submittable.
There are some publications, however, that don’t care if the story has already been ‘published’ as long as the author still owns all the rights. Since mine have been posted here, I still control all the rights.
Z Publishing House, thankfully, is this way. They like to highlight up-and-coming writers in different genres and different locations. (Yes, this is the publication that accepted Wizard’s Coffee from me last year.)
This year they decided to expand their story selection by allowing stories up to 5,000 words. This opened a world of choices for me since I tend to be long winded.
All this to say, they’ve accepted a story of mine called The Eye for their 2019 Up and Coming Writers! EEEEK!
I don’t yet have a publication date for this, but I believe it’ll be later this year. I’ll update you as soon as I know more.
Just sharing my excitement for now! Good luck in your own endeavors =)