This is a simple story as such, but it has an interesting background. I had sent this out a few times before and earned personal notes or higher-tier rejections for it. An earlier version of the story featured a flashback section. Another lit journal sent a note along with their rejection, saying they liked the story but the flashback detracted from the theme rather than adding any flavour to it. I wasn’t happy at first, of course, but as with all feedback, I set it aside before looking at it later.
When I had gained sufficient distance from the piece, I read the feedback and then the story. In balance, I had to agree with the editors. I removed that section and revised the story again to accommodate this cut. It read much better and I could see the effect when it immediately got accepted by The /tƐmz/ Review.
I went through a few rounds of edits for the story, and then it was published quite swiftly, within a couple of weeks. Payment followed shortly after.
The whole process was smooth so I had a great experience and the editors were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them as a venue for your short fiction.
You can read my story here. Take a look at their archives to get a feel of the stories they publish, and read their submission guidelines here. They don’t take submission fees either and also offer payment, which makes it an excellent venue in my view!
Let me know if this helps. If you have any new work published, please do share in the comments!