After years of trying, I will finally be getting one of my short stories published.
In 2016, Red Tuque Books of British Columbia, introduced a contest for an anthology that will be entitled, Canadian Tales of the Fantastic. I entered three zombie stories that I had written in the past.
I am not a proficient writer when it comes to tales of the macabre but these particular stories border more on humour than on gore.
I learned in February that one of the stories, Bad Meat, was chosen as an honourable mention and will be in the anthology which comes out on September 1.
For the past year, I have been blitzing Canadian writing contests, hoping that the odds would be with me and that, eventually, I’d win something.
Over time, we regard our stories and we acknowledge that some need revisions. Setting aside a story for some time and coming back to it is always a good idea. I’ve been revising heavily and have noticed that some of my stories just don’t cut it anymore. They’re not strong enough or the progression of time, the advent of technology, has outdated them. Still, I send off the ones I consider valid contenders. Bad Meat was in that lot.
So I will continue entering contests. I have about 10 stories that I really like and that I believe have possibilities. When one gets rejected, I absorb the disappointment, and just send it off to another contest.
Meanwhile, Bad Meat can now curl up and sleep soundly.