Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shortlisted; Also, Where I've Been

To all my eFriends, writing buddies, and folks who just like following my blog for blog-following's sake: I'm sorry I've been away for so long.

I'm especially sorry because I haven't actually been away. I've been right here! I haven't been checking in because I haven't been writing a ton of fiction. Instead, I've been doing a lot of writing for Bleacher Report, a fan-sourced sports journalism site. I've been able to share my thoughts on sports and society for thousands of people while also auditioning for actual paying jobs in the field down the road. No, it isn't the most traditional way to go about it, but there are pundits writing for various major networks, and indeed even appearing on television, after having only their experience at Bleacher Report on their resume, so it isn't so far-fetched to think I might be one of those lucky few.

I have been doing some fiction writing, though, and just this evening I received a bit of thrilling news: I have been shortlisted at a major pro-paying market! (Full disclosure: I am too superstitious to write the name of the market here; when I hear back, one way or the other, I'll tell you who it is. And yes, I am aware of the irony of being a superstitious atheist). I've only ever been shortlisted once before, that time by Flash Fiction Online, but they didn't tell me until after the fact--and it was a rejection--so it didn't have the same oomph that this one does.

Half or less of their shortlisted stories make it into publication, they told me in the brief email, but this is better odds than I started with, and certainly the best news I've heard in a while on the fiction front.

So, that's what's been up and what's going down. I'll try to check in more often.


  1. Aha. I recognise the publications from the letter. Good luck, Joe. In any case you have the satisfaction of knowing that you're writing at a very high level.

  2. Joe - best of luck with the sports writing; it sounds like a great way to go about it to me. And best of luck with that shortlisting too - exciting times!

    There's definitely some mileage in a superstitious atheist character, no?

  3. Hi Joe!

    Good luck with your sub :)

  4. Deb: Haha. I should have known better than trying to sneak one past yous guys. Thanks for the kind words. Oh by the way, I read "Ovoids" last night and loved it! I'll post on your blog in a sec.

    Simon: Thanks! I'm excited about it. Not only is a great way to exercise my sports-angst, but I think my literary background gives me a leg-up on other writers.

    And yes, I will have to write a story about a superstitious atheist.

    Lydia: Hi! And thanks!

    Cate: Thanks! I'm going to need it!

  5. Way to go, Joe! Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you.

  6. Hi Joe,

    Still interested in a spot of beta reading? If so, I can email stuff over - but I don't see your address anywhere. Mine is on my profile. No pressure and no worries if it's not convenient ...