>quick aside inbetween photo blogs (#2)
>remember that note i received from the malahat review (i blogged about it july 27th), saying that they were considering one of my short stories for publication in their literary magazine? well, a few minutes ago, i received this email (edited for length and content, of course):
Hi Christine Estima,
I am writing to let you know that our fiction board just met this afternoon
and we are pleased to accept your story, “A Degree of Suffering Is Required,”
for our Winter issue. It is an engaging piece of writing! . . . . (edit)
. . . could you send me a brief biographical note for our contributors page?
that’s right, muthafuckas!!!
this is huge because:
A) although i’ve been published extensively in the academic and journalism realm, this will be my first literary publication (not counting all those chapbooks that i didn’t get paid for).
B) most publishing houses won’t even consider your novel if you haven’t first been published in literary magazines
C) literary magazines are a great way to get your work read by industry types and fiction fans alike. anything to get my name out there is yummy-yummy with me.
D) while most literary magazines pay a flat fee for your work (averaging at $15 per story) malahat pays a whopping $30 per printed page . . . and my piece is currently 15 pages long . . . let’s pray they don’t edit too much, cuz chrissy is a poor half-breed right now.
fuck man, this has been such an amazing year – The Spadina Monologues goes up at Alumnae Theatre, i get that Canada Council grant, i start writing for 3 more magazines, i take a life-altering trip through europe and the middle east, i am accepted into the diaspora dialogues writing programme, and now this.
i think i can safely say, without hyperbole, that i’m awesome.
AWESOME, I TELLS YA!
okay, so i’m literally screaming in my apartment, and my neighbours are testy to begin with. i hafta go be a judge at an indie week event tonight, so i gotta split. but first, i think i’ll call everybody i know.
wait by the phone, i’m calling!!