First Published Short Story!

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.

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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.

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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. 


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