Word today came in over the electronic wire that Big Pulp Magazine had accepted my short story “Catching a Case,” about a prison doctor who feels compelled to discover the source of a patient’s injuries. This should be great news. The story is one I’ve been working on for over a year and which I thought was finished. That is, until I submitted it to my workshop group in school. They found a dozen faults with it (as workshops will tend to do).
A week later the editor of Big Pulp wrote back to say he liked it as is and would publish it. [I know, never submit a story until it’s really done. But there was a contest with a theme (gay crime and mystery), and the story fit, and the deadline was before my workshop, so . . .]
What can I do?