"Sister Winter" in The Colored Lens

My week six Clarion West story “Sister Winter” is out in the Summer 2014 issue of The Colored Lens. 

You can get the issue here.

I’m very excited that this story has a great home. This is the last story I wrote at Clarion West, and I left Seattle with the sense that I had finally written a story I loved and would love sharing.

It is a story about three sisters, an Alaska-like place, and the things that have to change inside a person in order for them to grow up.

I want to send my thanks to my Clarion West classmates, administrators and all-around writer-wranglers Neile Graham and Les Howle, and all of my Clarion West instructors. Special thanks go to S.L. Gilbow who pushed me to write better stories and to Alisa Alering who encouraged me in the submission process.

And many heartfelt thanks to The Colored Lens readers and editors for their hard work and a beautiful issue!

Booth 5 in The Review Review

Over at The Review Review, Josh Magill gives an overview of Booth in “A Midwestern Journal Goes Beyond Our Failings to Bring Amazement.

My story “Libration” gets a paragraph, and the review gives a good sense of the experience of reading the issue.

Running across the review in the weekly newsletter was a nice bump to get me through Wednesday. And hey, if you sub to literary magazines and haven’t subscribed to their newsletter yet, you’re missing out on a really lovely, funny missive full of lit mag news. Go! Sign-up!

Mason’s Road Summer 2013 Literary Award

Many thanks to the lovely writers and editors at Mason’s Road for choosing my short story, “Helpline,” as the winner of their Summer 2013 Literary Award.

The staff at Mason’s Road have been a pleasure to work with, and I’m honored to have my work appear in this publication.

I’m pretty fond of this story. It has a Star Trek enthusiast as the protagonist, characters who make it their life’s work to help others, and a more satisfying ending than some of my other stories.

One of the best parts of winning a contest is that you get really wonderful feedback from the contest judge. This year Michael C. White judged the contest, and these were his kind comments:

As the story went on, it assumed a striking depth of both feeling and gravitas. The simple voice of the narrator became complex, and the story’s narrative pivoted at the precise moment it had to, so that the heft of the story and of the narrator’s voice and past unified to create a really compelling story. The narrator does, in the truest sense, become sagely, and he offers that hard-won wisdom both to this client and to his colleague. The story ends as both revelation and reaffirmation, of what humans can learn and can affirm. A really fine story!

If you’d like to read the full story, it’s up on the Mason’s Road website here.

And if you have a short story that is looking for a home, consider sending your work to Mason’s Road. They’re open for submissions from August 26th – October 20th, 2013. There’s no fee for submissions unless you’d like to enter your story for consideration for their Winter 2013 Literary Award. They have a very modest contest entry fee of $10 and the winner receives publication and a $500 prize. I’ve had a wonderful experience with the editors and wholeheartedly recommend the journal.

Publication in Booth

Last week I received my contributor’s copies for Booth Journal, Issue 5. It is a gorgeous publication, with amazing artwork inside and out. 

The interior flaps list the contributors, and I’m in some wonderful company.

Throughout the issue there are comics by Kelly Clancy. I love the way she tells stories through sequential art,  and look forward to reading her Xeric Award winning book Soldiers of God

If you’re looking for a good literary journal to submit to, the staff of Booth are professional and communicate throughout the publication process. I always felt like my story was in caring hands, and that the journal would be a good home for my work.

I just didn’t realize how damn beautiful the final product would be, or how much I would love the rest of the writing in the issue.

TOC: Missing Links and Secret Histories

L. Timmel Duchamp recently emailed the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Missing Links and Secret Histories. I’m excited to have one of my stories included, and can’t wait to see how so many excellent authors worked with the concept of a secret history for a literary character. Timmi gave us permission to share the TOC, so here it is! 

Missing Links and Secret Histories: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries Lost, Suppressed, or Misplaced in Time

ed. L. Timmel Duchamp
1.  Kristin King: Mystery of the Missing Mothers
2.  Nisi Shawl: The Five Petals of Thought
3.   Jeremy Sim: Thaddeus P. Reeder
4.   Nick Tramdack: The Gimmerton Theory
5.   Alisa Alering: Madeline Usher Usher
6.   Mark Rich: Maisie and Amomma
7.   John J. Coyne: The Kurtz-Moreau Syndicate
8.   Mark Rich: Dejah Thoris
9.   Anna Tambour: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
10. Alex Dally MacFarlane: Gerayis (or Gedayis)
11. Kristin King: The Galadriel Apocrypha
12. Mari Ness: The Godmother
13. Mari Ness: Marmalette
14. Mari Ness: Palatina
15. Catherine Krahe: The Blacksmith
16. Jenni Moody: Peter Rabbit
17. Anne Toole: Secrets of Flatland
18. Jeremy Sim: Sanyo TM-300 Home-Use Time Machine
19. L. Timmel Duchamp: Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett
20. Anna Tambour: God
21. Lucy Sussex: La Cucaracha Rules