While in my MFA program I spent some time trying to cut cliches from my writing toolbox. Zip forward three years, while searching for a nurturing home for my latest short, “Pictures on the Wall”, I came across a submissions guideline that said, don’t throw your literary spaghetti at our wall in hopes that it will stick. I couldn’t help but chuckle. The publisher was right, I’ve heard of, and even known a few, writers that spend time submitting to any publisher with call for open submissions. I can’t help feel sorrow for those writers that fit fully into the publishers wants and needs but aren’t able to get attention because the publisher is to busy scrapping the spaghetti gelatin from their literary walls. Those writers waste their time, editors time, and more importantly disrespect those writers that do belong.
I did submit to this particular publisher, not because I was throwing spaghetti but because I am familiar with their publication, I respect it, and thought my piece would be a good fit. Although they did not feel the same I found a more fitting and nurturing home at The Siren Calls. I am very excited to announce that “Pictures on the Wall” will be published next month in the April edition of The Sirens Call and I couldn’t be happier.
Happy reading (and writing)!