My flash fiction treatment of a manuscript that stayed in the drawer. Recycling is good for the planet.
(sorry for URL! Hint: It’s on page 11)
I had no expectation that my submission would win. In fact, I thought the deadline had come and gone, and someone else had won. I had moved on.
Rewind: last month on vacation in Provincetown, after downing a few hot-pink gumball martinis, I submitted The Fells, where the character is confronted by an unexpected event, and changed.
So when I got an automated email saying The Fells had been accepted, I assumed the submission-tracking system had gone wild. Mercifully, human emails followed not long after. Taping my reading with Anthony Brooks two feet away was a trip. And Drum Editor Henriette Lazaridis Power is just plain cool.
Expect the unexpected. Maybe it’s working for me.
LITERARY IDOL goes like this: a trained actor reads aloud the first 250 words of your unpublished manuscript for a panel of four judges, high-powered agents all, with years of experience reading unsolicited manuscripts. When one judge hears a line that would make her stop reading, she raises her hand. The actor keeps reading until a second hand is raised.
The critiques were brilliant and spot-on. My manuscript was the last one read.
No, they weren’t there. Our judges were even bigger rockstars: Katharine Sands of Sarah Jayne Freymann; Jennifer Carlson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner; Erin Harris of Irene Skolnik; and Rees Literary’s Ann Collette. Humble thanks for your kind words, esteemed panel!
Literary Idol ROCKED. I just wish I could have DVR’d it.