It’s happened! My first piece of short fiction has been published. “Weekend at a Family Reunion,” a piece I have presented at several literary conferences over the past nine months, has been published by Marathon Literary Review, an online press out of Arcadia’s MFA program in Pennsylvania.
The piece explores the dynamics of choice in sexual and familiar relationships through the disconnect of the narrator’s internal dialogue from her actions. Here’s a snapshot below, followed by a link to the full piece.
It’s a weird feeling to have a short story published. I feel as though everything I worked for led to this tiny moment, a moment shared by myself a few friendly likes on Facebook. But publication does not necessarily broaden readership, and most friends/family don’t understand the pangs of rejection that come before this. It’s a confusing, anti-climatic, thrilling moment, in all its paradoxical glory.
I’m wondering what other writers have experienced with short story publications, and would love to hear your thoughts.