2021 was a successful year, in terms of writing. Thirty-seven of my stories appeared in print or online. A handful of those were reprints, which feels like an extra bonus to me. Three more of this year’s stories will appear in 2022, so it’s nice to have those ahead.
I’m still addicted to contests, and this year paid off nicely, both in recognition and in cash. One of my biggest thrills was finding my name on the Wigleaf Top 50 Longlist. What a fantastic surprise!
A couple of generous editors nominated my stories for The Pushcart Award, and Best Microfiction. One of my stories from last year made it into The Best Small Fictions 2021 anthology, which I received a few weeks ago–it’s an honor to be included with so many other fantastic writers.
In addition to writing, I began volunteering as a reader for two online magazines: Janus Literary, and Uncharted Magazine. Janus publishes literary flash, micro, and CNF. Uncharted publishes literary genre fiction; I am a reader for the science fiction and fantasy section of the magazine.
I also had the opportunity to serve as a grant panelist for high school writers through my county Arts & Humanities Council. I’m looking forward to continuing that next year, and expanding into judging for other scholarships and contests. I’ve been amazed at the quality of work coming from teenage writers!
One of the coolest things on my calendar is my weekly Electric Sheep meeting. I started this speculative fiction discussion group after taking a class with Tara Campbell last January, in which we talked about some amazing SFF stories. It was so much fun, a bunch of us decided to continue. It’s been a huge success. We capped membership at 20 people, and spent the year looking at memorable short stories and talking with their writers. Our primary goal is to have fun and promote our guest authors, and next year looks to be even busier as we find new ways to support each other.
Here are a few high points from the year:
- Featured, Best Small Fictions 2021
- Winner, 52nd New Millennium Writing Award in Flash Fiction
- Winner, WOW Women on Writing Spring 2021 Flash Fiction Contest
- Editor’s Choice Award, Height Chart, by Middle House Review
- Winner, Fractured Lit Mini Contest (there were several winners in this contest)
- 2nd Place, New York City Midnight 2021 Short Story Competition. I’m happy to include this in my list, even though I didn’t take the top spot, because this competition pays so nicely. 🙂
- Nominated, The Pushcart Award by Lascaux Review
- Nominated, Best Microfiction by WWPH Writes
- Interviewed by Book Riot for a feature story on volunteering at lit zines
Thanks for sticking with this long post! And good luck to you in the coming year!