My story, “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax,” will be published by The Tampa Review!

Hello everyone. I’m hurrying to get everything packed and posted today, so I will write more once in England. But, in brief, I had a great AWP conference in Chicago. Over the weekend, I met a lot of writers, editors, and directors of PhD programmes. And while I was there, an editor of The Tampa Review called, and said they had decided to publish my story, “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax.” (I had entered it into their Danahy competition; it had won a finalist position; they were deciding which of the finalists they would publish.)

This is big news for me. It is the first time a full-length story of mine will be published, and to appear in a well-established, prestigious, university-linked, print publication is a real honour. Tampa Review is one of the only hardback literary journals out there—it is  a very handsome and slender book about the size of a graphic novel. My story should appear, they say, this time next year.

More news when I am home.

I am one of five finalists for the 2011 Danahy fiction prize

Smiling face. My story “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax” was one of the five runners up for the Danahy prize, run by the Tampa Review. They may still publish the story—if they do, it will be my first ever real magazine publication. I will know in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.

Many congratulations to the winner, Mark Krieger, and the other finalists.

Also: The Tampa Review has really impressed me throughout the process. In our conversations, they demonstrated how closely they had read, understood, and allowed themselves to be surprised by my story. It has been a lovely experience.

Best wishes to you all,