Michael Royce is a gifted and sensitive writer. In this day and age, it is lovely to be returned to a (seemingly) easier time. Brings to mind E.B. White’s “Once More, To The Lake.”
“The Great Ultimate” was the most recent of the four short stories adapted from chapters of my as-of-yet-unpublished (grumble) novel, and in October of 2018, I was eager to start sending it out.
I submitted “The Great Ultimate” to fourteen magazines before Evergreen said yes. For me, fourteen is an extraordinarily small number of submissions prior to acceptance.
Getting into Evergreen took some gumshoe. Finding no formal submission process on their website, I first sent a different story, I Wanted Ten, to the “info” address—just an attachment to an email. Heard nothing. For months. When “I Wanted Ten” was accepted by Blue Lake Review, I did what The Big They say you are supposed to do in such a situation: I contacted Evergreen—again, by simple email—describing the situation and offering instead “The Great Ultimate.” I’ll let Dale take the story, from here. (Link: dale-peck-announces-alles-short-story-the-great-ultimate.)
JMWW Journal starts 2020 with a lovely nonfiction flash by Alice Lowe. I allegedly edited, but Alice made my job really easy. Congrats, Alice!
Lit Mag Love’s subtitle is:”For Creative Writers Who Want to Publish.” I was interviewed about my editorial work with Vestal Review and JMWW.
For the last 24 hours, I have been an A+ editor (but a crappy sleeper). Last night, I tore through my pile o’ reads for Vestal Review. Today, I polished off my stack for JMWW Journal. This weekend, I actually get to edit some stuff for JMWW, rather than simply assess. Juicy, long-awaited editing, here I come!