I just learned that my short story, “My First Time, or, That Crazy Jamaican Whore,” was accepted by the online journal Crime Factory. I love that journal, so I’m feeling really good. Especially after so many rejections for my other story.
So why was my other story rejected so many times (forty-three rejections, as you can read below)? It’s obvious: the story had some flaws.
I just finished workshopping that flawed story in my Stanford short story class, and I got pretty consistent feedback on why it doesn’t work. This is the first time one of my stories has been workshopped. I know some people are against the idea of having others review their work, but I found the process really helpful. The other students in my class seemed to take the process seriously, and they offered some great suggestions, most of which I’m now incorporating. I’ve actually found the entire class very helpful, including the fact that it is online. Once the class ends, I’m going to write a post about the experience.