A short little post

Just a short little post with a tiny bit of news.

Today, I received word that the Nashwaak Review, a literary magazine in Fredericton, New Brunswick, will be publishing two of my short stories in an upcoming issue. One story I submitted just recently. It was one of the stories I recently dusted off and submitted. The other story I submitted a few years ago—Yes, that’s right a few years ago—-. I assumed it had not been accepted since I hadn’t received word one way or another.

There’s a very important lesson to be learned here and something to keep in mind:

When it comes to the publishing industry don’t assume anything…

You’ll be proven wrong every time.

In this case I was happy to have been wrong. But these surprises that spring up from time to time are always welcomed.

So that’s my little bit of news. Nothing earth shattering but a pleasant bit of news regardless.

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  1. Laura, I am so happy for you! I have been thinking today that I should try submitting to magazines but I didn’t realize they keep things that long. This is such good news. I know you are pleased.

    You know, it may be a ‘little bit of news’ to you, but if anything of mine were accepted I would be elated. :) (Seeing as it would be a first for me.)


    • Usually magazines don’t keep things for that long but a year is not unusual. Generally speaking you can count on it being 6 + months, although sometimes it can even be a few weeks..That’s why I say assume nothing..

      And I am very pleased to have these stories accepted!!

      Thanks, Lynn

  2. Great news, Laura. Congrats! It’s always so nice when a story finds its home…. ;)

  3. Nashwaak? Sounds like another Canadian game. It took a few years? Tell ‘em you want interest on their payment! Geez, must be a slow readin’ bunch at that place. I could read War & peace in a few nights – if I tried – maybe – but I don’t want to.

    Back to Nashback – or Backlash – is it like Curling? Deb, of all people, was trying to explain THAT game to me. I dunno why they have to be such clean freaks – all that sweepin’…

    Congratulations on getting your stories out there. Really. Not Nashwaakin’ around about that either.

    • Thanks Dave!

      I believe the name comes from the Nashwaak River, Dave. Although something tells me that explaining this makes little difference to the name.

      Nope nothing to do with curling, although I saw your comments on facebook about curling and I can see why you’d be confused over men using a broom to actually sweep something…The women, it’s understandable… LOL!

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one!!!

      And I agree, I don’t want to read War & Peace in a couple of night either and probably not at all…

  4. Great news. Gives me hope for a submission over a year old. (Except I look at it now and actually hope it never gets published as is. Needs another revision.)

    • Thanks Tricia. It’s funny you would mention that because the evening before I received acceptance, I happen to do a bit of editing on the one story I had submitted hard copy. They’ve asked for an electronic version and I’m going to send a copy with the edits. (They are only small changes, something I felt needed to be clarified.) I’m not expecting this to be a problem. So who knows, maybe it’s not too late for you to go back in a make a few minor changes.

  5. Dear Laura,

    Hooray! And maybe it’s just a little pleasant for you, but I find it plenty exciting–and really, who wants the earth to shatter anyway? ;-)

    Congratulations on placing two more of your stories and thank you for the very needed reminder: “When it comes to the publishing industry don’t assume anything…”

    Happy writing this weekend/upcoming week,

    • Thanks so much, Ev.

      I didn’t mean to sound as though I was minimizing the news! I was very thrilled when I opened the letter. I had provided an email address, so I had expected to receive notification one way or another through email.. (another assumption on my part) When the letter arrived I actually thought it was a rejection. (yet another assumption)

      Every acceptance along the way is exciting as far as I’m concerned and I also need to remind myself to assume nothing when it comes to publishing…

  6. Congrats, Laura. I’ll take this as a reminder that I really should try submitting something. You never know.

    • Yes by all means, you should be submitting things, not just trying to submit them… One thing we know for sure it will never get accepted if it’s not submitted.

  7. chezjlb

     /  February 20, 2010


  8. Linda, what I planned to say was (and I’ve corrected it) work “will never get accepted if it’s not submitted” ..LOL! I also had someone else point out my typo…Thanks for keeping me on my toes. It sounds kind of funny the other way. I’m glad you have a sense of humour.

  9. I’ve just returned home and am starting to catch up on things. I read your previous post and then this one and thought how appropriate the quotation was in relation to this good news: “It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity” I guess sometimes it also takes a long time to bring it to acceptance. :D Congratulations!

  10. Woohoo! I think the timing of the two stories balance out.

    Thanks for the reminder about the publishing industry. It’s hard not to make assumptions while considering a story for submission or waiting for a response, but those assumptions don’t help.

  11. Years??? wow!


  12. Congrats, Laura! You’re definitely an inspiration to those of us awaiting a response on submitted work. I know my fingernails would appreciate a quick response but I can wait patiently for a few years if it’ll manifest an acceptance.

    Quick question: Will the stories be available online somewhere to read?

    Warmest wishes,

    • Thanks, Leah! Wait times vary so much but I’m with you. A long wait is worth it if it ends in an acceptance.

      Unfortunately, the Nashwaak Review is a print journal and isn’t on line.


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