Accepted: The Dive
I read through a proof of my latest flash sci-fi story to be accepted for publication. Having a story accepted never gets old. This particular story is called The Dive and takes place in the same universe as my other published flash story Humans First.
I wrote The Dive after reading about the Bechdel-Wallace Test over at https://www.apparitionlit.com. I was intrigued by the test that essentially states that two women need to be in a story and talk about something other than a man. Seemed straightforward enough to do, so I thought I’d try my hand at it. Needless to say, I submitted the story to a couple of different markets before I got accepted. I was lucky enough to get some feedback from the editors at one of the markets.
In a nutshell, they said the story didn’t have the real ending. My advice to any writer out there reading this, always take to heart any actionable criticism you receive from a market's editorial staff. I switched the story up a bit to give it a far more definitive ending and quickly found it accepted for publication over at Aphelion.