I have been writing short fiction for over 5 years, and while adding to my collection of short stories, work on my first (and second and third) novel has begun.
While I continue to read, study, and grow as a writer, one of the things I’ve found that has helped me immensely, is entering my short stories into the Writers of the Future writing competition. It gives me a deadline, keeps me writing new and fresh stories, and I often get some sort of feedback (a certificate for my Honorable Mentions).
After those stories have been judged, I send them off to other markets to try and sell.
I’m also proud to say that I’ve had two story acceptances (so far) to show for my efforts. Small victories, but they keep me writing and reaching, and I’m grateful for every kind word of rejection I have received 😉
My very 1st published story: “Monsters of Yesterday” is in MileHiCon’s anthology (2016).
Want a copy? Click HERE to go to Amazon and get your own – yay! ♥
My very 2nd published story: “I Carry Your Heart” is in Whimsy Con’s anthology (2019). So exciting! ♥ Get it HERE at Amazon.
For FuN – my WotF contest results:
Vol. 32-Q4 – HM – Results, with my name listed! HERE.
Vol. 33-Q1 – HM – Results, did you see my name? HERE.
Vol. 33-Q2 – HM – Results, yep my name is there again. HERE.
Vol. 33-Q3 – SHM – Results are in. This HM was Silver! HERE.
Vol. 33-Q4 – HM – My 5th attempt overall, it’s an HM! HERE.
Vol. 34-Q1 – BFR – My first WotF rejection, ouch! (All good, all good)
Vol. 34-Q2 – BFR My second WotF rejection, less ouch.
Vol. 34-Q3 – HM – I’m back with an HM! Results are HERE.
Vol. 34-Q4 – HM – Guess what? Yep, another HM! HERE.
Vol. 35-Q1 – HM – You’re not going believe it – an HM! HERE.
Vol. 35-Q2 – HM – Oh snap, an HM! HERE.
Vol. 35-Q3 – BFR – Third rejection, this one stung, but ima keep going!
Vol. 35-Q4 – HM – Yays! An HM in a very heavily-entried quarter HERE.
Vol. 36-Q1 – BFR – Fourth rejection. I’d like to say it gets easier, but…
Vol. 36-Q2 – BFR – Fifth rejection! I took this one in stride 😉
Vol. 36-Q3 – SHM – Joni told me this story was in the top 25 – wow! HERE.
Vol. 36-Q4 – BFR – And I’m out for this year, with my 6th big fat rejection.
Vol. 37-Q1 – SHM – I’m back, baby! My 3rd Silver HM HERE.