Well, it finally happened. Got the email justifying all those hours I’ve spent hunched over a computer, banging out stories I hope someone other than me will like.  The email that says, “Congratulations. Your submission has been accepted…”

A flash fiction story of mine about the futility of doomsday preppers will be published in the March 2014 of issue of Splickety Magazine. I don’t know if I’m getting paid for it. Don’t care. I’m just excited the editor accepted it. I had a nonfiction piece published in 2010. I was excited then because it was the first time I EVER had something published (and was paid for it). But this time it’s fiction, and since I want to become a published novelist, this is a step forward in the right direction.

I rather enjoy writing flash fiction, a form I discovered at my first Midwest Writers conference last year. By the end of the two-hour intensive session, the instructor had challenged us to come up with a piece. While everyone else furiously wrote for thirty minutes, I drew a blank. How in the world does one compress an entire story into less than 1000 words? But the examples he showed us had backstory, dialogue, theme. Almost all of the five senses were employed. All of it compressed onto one or two pages. Impossible! My brain doesn’t work that way. Besides, I want to write a novel.

Then I tried it. And liked it. It’s not easy to do. Every word in the piece has to count. So now that I’ve found the courage to press “Send” for my doomsday piece, I’ll try to see if I can find a home for the other three collecting dust on my laptop.

About Michelle McGill-Vargas

I hail from Gary, Indiana where I enjoy writing historical fiction, flash fiction, and short stories. My writings have appeared in "Lutheran Witness", "Splickety Magazine", "The Copperfield Review", "Typehouse Literary Magazine," and was a contributing writer to Concordia Publishing House's "Portals of Prayer" (October 2016). I've served as vice-president of the Indiana Writers' Consortium and am currently a board member of Midwest Writers. I am currently represented by Melissa Danaczko of Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, Inc. I pay the bills as a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing. Visit my blog at
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9 Responses to Acceptance

  1. Normansrose6659 says:

    Yeah! Congratulations, Michelle. I’m so proud of you. I had to put your novel on hold..will resume reading soon. God;s blessings always. Love, Your Godmother Helen

  2. Grace says:

    Congratultions!! That is so exciting!

  3. Renee R says:

    Congratulations Michelle!

  4. jollymoments says:

    Congratulations! I have never heard of flash fiction, but it sounds interesting. You are definitely on your way. Every small step is a FORWARD step.

    • Thanks. Flash fiction is just really short fiction around 1000 words or less. I love writing them because genre isn’t an issue. I can write about anything! Have you forged ahead with your writing (other than your blog) yet?

  5. jollymoments says:

    Hi Michelle, I am slowly getting started with my writing. Thanks to a post you wrote awhile back, I made a schedule where I write a certain amount of time per day. I have a lot I have started and just need to decide which one I want to focus on. Thanks for asking!

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