The Year 2021 in Writing

A short retrospective of my writing achievements (and failures) in 2021.

This year started incredibly well, with me writing 7 short stories for an anthology, which will be released next year. Unfortunately, I cannot say anything more about it at this point, but it was an honor and exciting to work on this project, and I can’t wait to see the final product!

After being published with a short story for the first time in 2020, I continued the trend of submitting my stories to various online and print outlets, and can celebrate 2 publications in 2021:

  • My short story Snowstorm was published by Land Beyond the World Magazine on April 12th
  • My short story The Way the Wind Blows was published by City. River. Tree. on September 16th

I further received 2 more acceptances for stories that will be published very soon next year!

The full submission overview for 2021 is as follows:

  • 47 submissions total
  • 4 accepted (2 published)
  • 32 rejections
  • 3 withdrawn
  • 6 open submissions

My big writing goal for 2021 was to finish the final edits for The Cats of Yesteryarn, and while I didn’t quite achieve that, the edits are almost complete, so I can hopefully start querying for it early next year.

This year I also tried writing something new for NaNoWriMo, but had to give up halfway due to burnout, which provided a valuable lesson for me. Keeping a balance between work, writing, health, and other aspects of life is difficult but very important.

I was rather active on Twitter and tried to write a #vss365 story every day – I did not always succeed, but I managed to write something for almost every prompt word. Going through all my very short stories for 2021 and picking a handful of the best is more effort than I can spare at the moment, so instead, here are my favorite 3 #vss365 tweets from December:

Happy New Year, and thanks for reading!


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