Earlier this year, I submitted a short story to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 anthology. It a fun little story that ties in with one of my current novels-in-progress, but I honestly didn't expect it to get chosen for publication.
This humble little story from an unpublished author was up against heavy-hitting best-sellers who might have submitted, as well as plenty of other hopefuls. I don't know for sure how many people submitted, but I knew the competition was fierce, and I've always been a pessimist.
But, sometimes, things work out anyway. Last week, I received an email saying that my little story, "Colfax Kitsune," was accepted for the anthology. I cried a little when I read the email, and shook for ten minutes when I sent the contract back. Today, I got to see who else was accepted--a total of 15 of us.
I am so incredibly honored to be part of this project. There's still editing and polishing to do, but I'm looking forward to the process.
Thank you for this opportunity, RMFW. Thank you for helping me get here, critique group (Michelle and Giles have their own sites, so you should check them out). Thank you everyone who believed in me and encouraged me when I wanted to quit.
It's a first step, and there's still a long way to go to get a novel published, but I couldn't be happier.