The Glacial Speed of Publishing

This month I had two short stories published in online literary magazines. TWO! That’s almost double my previous publishing record. 

Of course I’d love it if you read them, and I’d love it even more if you like them. 

I’d also like to share some random information on these stories to demonstrate how freaking long it can take to get work published.


The Round Up

The Day Nothing Happened (But Everything Changed) can be found at The Round Up Writer’s Zine

I wrote this story in 2011. It was rejected from 26 literary magazines before accepted for publication.



Savage Cut can be found at Empty Sink Publishing

I wrote this story in 2002. That’s right, 12 years ago. My record keeping back then wasn’t as existing as it is now. It was rejected from at least 43 (but probably many more) magazines before accepted for publication.

At this rate I will be famous in approximately…let me see..times 7…carry the 1…divide by the square root of infinity…

Published Again – I Do Not Matter On The Moon

May was a lucky month. My short story I Do Not Matter On The Moon was published in York University’s literary journal, Existere.

Existere Magazine



If you don’t believe me, you can see my name on the list of contributors on their website.

See, told ya!

As I’ve mentioned before, it happens. Occasionally.

If you’re looking for a copy, a list of Canadian retail locations is handily available.

“My Body’s Rorschach” Sees The Light Of Day

As I mentioned a few posts ago in Non-News Good News, submitting your work to publishers is a bitc— I mean, a lengthy and time consuming process filled with woe.

Take, for example, my short story My Body’s Rorschach.

Seriously. Take it. You can! It’s been published in the fine literary journal, Pilot!

Pilot Project Cover

Yesterday I was out for a walk with my friends Sam and Tina, and we wandering into Atlantic News so they could buy lottery tickets. I swung by the writing section of the magazine stands (why is it always hidden away on the bottom shelf?), and there it was! Issue 9! With my name listed as a contributor!

(If you’re interested in reading my story, along with the rest of the journal, this is a list of stores in Canada that sell it, and over here is where you can buy a copy online.)

Yes, I’m excited. It’s delightful to see your name in print. But getting this one story published was a long journey. And since I love lists so much, I thought I would put together a simple time line for your enjoyment.

Spring 2002 — I first wrote the story under the title A Few Weeks In The Summer. Yes, that was a horrible title. Yes, I am terrible at coming up with titles.

November 2004 — I first submitted the story to a literary journal for publication. It was rejected.

August 2005 — I submitted it for the second time. Also rejected.

2006 — 2007 — I was working on other things. The story was all but forgotten about.

2008 — I stumbled across the story and reread it, expecting to hate it. It was messy, but there were some parts I still really liked. So I reworked it, came up with a (marginally) better name, and starting to submit it more regularly.

April 5, 2011 — I submitted My Body’s Rorschach to Pilot Project. They were the 12th publisher to get it.

August 12, 2011 — I received an email from the Pilot Project editor accepting the story for publication. Woo Hoo!

Fall 2011 — My editor and I went back and forth 5 or 6 times on some changes they wanted me to make. Yes, even when something is accepted to be published, it still isn’t finished!

February 2012 — Six months after it was first accepted, and ten years after it was first writing, My Body’s Rorschach (along with several other stories) is sitting on shelves of a handful of book stores across Canada.

A stack a other stories, including a novel and a screenplay, are going through the same process. It is possible that nothing else will ever see the light of day again. And this, dear friends, is why I have two other day jobs.