My First Short Story Gets Published

My short story “The Hatchlings” was published today on Fiction Vortex. It’s the first time anything I’ve written has been accepted for publication. I heard the news a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to wait before it went live to share the news.

The story is set in the distant future. A man visits the planet Kaldar where a forbidden and brutal ritual, the Zakir, is conducted. He plans to gain the confidence of the Kaldarians, see the ritual and betray them by sharing his story with the rest of the galaxy. Needless to say, all does not go according to plan.

It’s very exciting, and more importantly, validating to have something you’ve written get selected for publication. Especially at a great up-and-coming speculative fiction website like Fiction Vortex.  I was so over the moon when I got the acceptance letter, I could hardly sleep. It was a rough day at work the next day, let me tell you. 

Originally, I wanted to do a long blog post, but today I just want to let you know the story’s live and encourage you to check it out. And if you can, please spread the word.

Today, I’ll leave it at that. I will only add that the story got rejected 8 times before finding a home on Fiction Vortex. So to my fellow writers out there, I have this message:

Be persistent.


2 thoughts on “My First Short Story Gets Published

  1. Reblogged this on The Books of Jobe and commented:
    Awesome news, congratulations Darius! Thanks for the inspiration!


    1. KJ,

      Thanks! And thanks for keeping up with the blog. Always look forward to your comments.



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