Wednesday, 6 February 2013
I haven't really submitted any work for publication for a while because I've started working on my first novel. Writing a novel takes a lot of time. Anyway, I do have some old work that hasn't yet found a home so I've re-work and re-submitted them to new markets.
Is re-submitting the right word? This question popped into my head as I wrote the above lines. Both the stories have been rejected in the past, but I'm submitting them to a new audience, not the ones that rejected them the first time (In one case, a first and second time.) I'm still really new to all this and so something that an experienced writers would know is an unknown to me.
Well, time will tell if these two stories find a home this time. I will let you know when I do.
I also don't know if it's ok to mention where I've sent them. The two stories are mine, so I'm sure it's not a problem for me to tell you about a little them, so I will.
The story that has tried and failed twice is the first story I ever wrote. It's called Bounty. It's the story of a meeting between a bounty hunter and a young boy. It's set in a world where both science and magic operate. The boy is an apprentice mage, while the bounty hunter embraces science and is hunting the boys master. I first entered it in an International short story writing contest. Looking back, I can safely say it didn't deserve to win anything, it was a mess. I read it to my writers group and helped me improve it greatly. So, had a go at submitting it to a major international Science Fiction Magazine. I got my first, 'Sorry, your story has been rejected', letter. I've not submitted it to an Australian publication.
The other story is a flash fiction piece. It's called 'Mouse' and it is very short. I previously submitted it to an international flash fiction contest. I received positive feed back from the judges, but did not win a prize. Again, I've submitted more locally this time.