My 700 word flash story "Tercie's Final Waltz" has been accepted for the July issue of Golden Visions Magazine. Submitted and accepted within one hour.
The funny thing is, I was planning a blog post in my head about how sick I am of waiting. There's so much waiting in the publishing industry. I look at my submissions on Duotrope, and I'm not even upset until I've had a story sitting at a journal for a year. In fact, I have a story at a market that doesn’t allow simultaneous submissions (meaning they want to be the only market looking at it until they reply). About a month ago, they contacted me after having had the story for a year to tell me that it's in the maybe pile. I didn't think I'd hear from them. I'm waiting on it now only because it's a really good horror journal.
And there's no reason for it. I read slush for a national lit journal. The submissions don't stop. So get caught up and then stay caught up. If 10 subs come in a day, and you read 10, but you have a backlog of 1000, get caught up and you can make same-day responses. It's still 10 a day, regardless! Unless a journal's reply date is constantly backsliding, they're reading at a rate of what's coming in, they're just keeping a buffer of however-many months.
Because writers allow it. Because until recently, we had no choice.
Previously-published stories certainly give a collection street cred. I hope to include a good number in each of the three mini-collections I release within the next half year or so. But if publishers aren't going to catch up with us, they're going to be left behind.
So a big thanks to Golden Visions Magazine for being so on top of their game. They do it right.