My short story, “Inclement Weather”, is now appearing in the current issue of The Storyteller: A Writer’s Magazine. What a thrill!
This story came out of a unique writing opportunity and a great book of writing prompts. Several years ago when I was a teaching assistant working at an elementary school, I had two months off during the summer, and spent one of those months in Denver visiting my family. My routine was to spend mornings writing, and the rest of the day visiting. I’d brought with me a favorite book, The Writer’s Book of Matches: 1001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction, and used many of the prompts to write short stories. This was one of them.
Over the years, I revised it many times and struggled to find markets for my humorous, slightly romantic story. Eventually I submitted it to the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition in the Genre Short Story category. (This is typical of my questionable habit of starting high, in a competitive arena, and if I don’t get a positive response, I know it still needs work.) And I got no response. I revisited it a year later, and something occurred to me about a change that was happening with the main character, so I clarified and emphasized that change and felt that I’d improved the whole story.
With this new enthusiasm, I went back to the Writer’s Market books and the internet to find a potential home for my story. My writing style isn’t the most in-demand. I don’t write in some of the more popular genres, such as paranormal, thrillers, mysteries or science fiction. I think my stories could be considered a mixture of women’s fiction with a touch of romance, and on the corny side, definitely tough to find markets for. So I was excited to find The Storyteller listed in the 2013 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market as a publisher who was specifically looking for wholesome writing. “We accept all genres, but please remember this is a family magazine and submit accordingly.”
The Storyteller is listed in the 101 Best of the Magazine Markets for 2006-2011, and The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers 2009-2011. Harvard University has now included the Storyteller in their publication, Magazines for Libraries. It is a world wide publication.
Here is the brief summary I included on the cover letter for “Inclement Weather”:
All Robert wanted was to come in out of the rain for a few minutes, but the next thing he knew, he was in a shouting match with a complete stranger. Over a period of less than fifteen minutes, however, the conflict in the dress shop caused a significant change inside him which transformed a faltering element of his personality. He left a much taller man with a delightful woman on his arm.
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2 thoughts on ““Inclement Weather” published in The Storyteller Magazine”
Congratulations on your success. It is encouraging to the rest of us still trying to make a breakthrough.
Thanks, Joe. No one is more surprised than I am when I get something published! It just proves that you can never tell how a publisher will respond to your writing, so just keep writing what you love to write, and send it “out” so it can find your fans, wherever they may be.