DEFINITION: Submission; 1) an emotion involving humility or meekness 2) a manuscript under consideration of editors
If you should ever forget the first definition you can easily jolt your memory by attempting the second.
There is nothing quite like the sensation of hitting the send button on a submission that you've spent weeks or even months writing, rewriting, editing and writing again. Although you've never heard of the five-minute-old literary Web site with the high brow name run by three newly minted graduates of some fancy schmancy writing program you could never afford to attend; and even though said site offers "payment" in "cache" as opposed to your preferred method of payment of "cash" which is useful for funding eating and other habits; and even though the editors insist you "send only your best work" because they don't want to mess with your smelly New Yorker and Paris Review rejection; and even though you are an old fashioned writer who believes in human characters and the editors have a penchant for zombies because "vampires suck;" you hit the send button and wait.
And then they reject you and you really and truly understand the first meaning of "submission."
Maybe that's why I am so pleased to announce that Skive Magazine produced by an Australian novelist Matthew Ward -- published my short story "Terminal Gravity" in the recent Americana issue. It is an excerpt from a novel I wrote called "Stone Virgin" that was picked up by a fantastic, wonderful New York literary agent who loved, nurtured and submitted it to several very impressive houses where several very impressive editors politely rejected it. And so it was dropped from the 17th floor of said literary agency to land with a thud on my chest to crush my heart and leave my confidence severely bruised. I am not proud to admit that I cowered in the dark corners of my mind for a good many years -- writing all the time, of course -- until I recently returned to that particular manuscript to cannibalize the bits for short stories with some luck.
Skive Magazine 2002-2010 published one. God bless Skive Magazine. RIP