We’re often warned against hurling our over-ripe, squishy trunk stories against the clean white walls of the publishing industry. So dirty. Don’t do it.
However, when it comes to short stories, there’s nothing wrong with delving into your trunk and seeing if there’s anything in there that’s still firm and edible.
You just have to remember that writers change and grow, and a story written seven years ago shouldn’t be sent out with the desperation of a mad cat scrabbling on the porch roof to be let in. It should be read through with your new eyes, tempered and polished. If it spurs you to cast the story back in the trunk and write a new one, so be it.
Today, an old trunk story – YENNY’S RUN – won a fantasy writing competition at The Tavern’s Vault. Huzzah! While I’m not terribly proud of writing genre fantasy fiction with cat assassins, I’m glad to see that dear old Yenny got to run, after all.
I won $25 , for which I am grateful. I have decided to keep my day job, and hope the money won’t change me. As a publisher myself, I’m thrilled they dug into their pockets to offer anything at all.