New Year’s Resolution: 1 Short Story a Month

Seconds into 2012 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. (Yes, that's Stevie Wonder.)

Sure, it’s a little late to start talking about New Year’s Resolutions, what with it being the end of February and all. Nonetheless, I have an awesome 2012 Resolution, and I’m writing to see if you want to play along with me.

Here goes: I’m sending an unpublished short story to publication every single month of 2012.

As for length or genre or type of publication, that’s up to you. I personally, am choosing to have fun with it and go for as wide a range as possible, like walking down an all-you-can-eat buffet and sticking my finger in every dish as I pass. (Not that I’d ever do that in real life, though a great buffet, if you were so inclined, is the one at the Wynn. Yummy.) So far, I’ve sent a sci-fi story to Asimov’s for January and I’m finishing up a literary-fiction confection for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers (February).

Worried about the anguish of rejection? Don’t be. At the end of the year, I’m going to publish whatever isn’t already published on Amazon e-books. Each short story will go for a dollar. And then I shall get rich or at least get a lot of practice.

Won’t you play along with me?

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5 responses to “New Year’s Resolution: 1 Short Story a Month

  1. Will you publish any stories before the end of the year (especially as the world ends in Dec 2012 so Jan 2013 might be a little late!)?

  2. That’s a great point. If I see the signs of the apocalypse, I will stop this silly charade and immediately self-publish anything I have ever written. Although, everybody will probably have the same idea, and the rush for last-minute fame will crash the Internet. The only question … who will have time to read all my stuff when they’re so busy with the end of the world?

    • Many people would probably appreciate something to take their minds off the Apocalypse. Maybe that should be a consideration in choosing the topics? Probably steer clear of anything too close to Satre…

  3. Godspeed, you fabulous person, you.

  4. Thanks, Pj, I’ll need it. Deadlines wait for no (wo)man.

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