Nickels and Dimes published in Gravel

In February I announced that my short story “Nickels and Dimes” had been accepted for publication in Gravel, a literary journal out of Arkansas. Well, the story just recently came out in print, which means you now have a chance to actually read it. You can check it on the website here:

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/nickels-and-dimes

Nickels and Dimes was written in December of 2017. At the time, I was trying to add more humorous stories to my collected writings, something that I’m still doing to this day, though I wanted it to still have a theme worth thinking about. I think overall it works pretty well.

Nickels and Dimes was rejected a total of 24 times before it was finally accepted for publication, though many of the rejections had some good things to say about it.

I hope you enjoy the read. As always, thank you everyone for your continued support. It’s only March, but already this is the third story to get published this year. It’s a hell of a good start.

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Apeiron Review republishes Baby

Welp, in another first, a magazine called the Apeiron Review asked to reprint one of my stories. The Apeiron Review first published my story "Baby" in the spring of 2017. In the reprint, this is what they had to say about it:

"This one is heavy. Don’t read this story unless you want to have your heart ripped out. From issue #12 by Shawn Campbell."

If you want to check it out, you can see it on my website at:

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/baby

or at their website at:

http://apeironreview.com/baby-by-s-w-campbell/

They also did an interview with me about the story which should be coming out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

Talking to High Schoolers

Well, I guess I can check off a new experience. Today I talked to a group of high school sophomores in Glenn's Ferry, Idaho via Skype about how to write short stories. There were of course the interested ones, the jokers, and the ones literally falling asleep, but overall I think it went as well as one can expect with such things.

Special thanks to Kris Vowell and his 10 AM English class for giving me the opportunity to ramble for half an hour. Good luck in your future writing endeavors.

One Night On The Max published in Crack The Spine

Back in January I announced that my short story "One Night On The Max" had been accepted for publication in Crack The Spine. Well, the story this came out which means lucky you, I'm now able to share it with you. Check it out on the website.

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/one-night-on-the-max

One Night On The Max is a newer story, I wrote in July of 2018. You never know how long is going to take to get a story published. My record so far is 91 rejections before publication, though the average is more around 21. This story got accepted after only one.

I hope you enjoy it. Thank you to everyone for your continued support. I promise a new book will be out this year, along with another new Professor Errare book, so stayed tune.

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Gutterball published in the Santa Clara Review

Back in October, I announced that my twentieth short story, Gutterball, had been accepted for publication in the Santa Clara Review. Well, today it finally came out in print, which means that all of you finally get to read it up on the website. You can check it out here:

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/gutterball

This was a hard story to write given the theme. To be honest, I wasn't sure at first how I felt when I found out it was to be published. It's not a fair story, and it's not an easy story, but I think in the end it's a real story. I think I'll leave it at that.

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Another story gets accepted for publication

Got word last night that Cirque Journal, a literary review out of Anchorage, wants to publish my story An Apple A Day. This is my 23rd short story to be accepted for publication.

I first wrote the story in August of 2014. It's exciting to finally have it accepted for publication given that it has been one of my long fliers, 68 rejections over the past four years.

Of course you'll have to wait for it to get published to read it, but in the mean time, check out some of the old stories that are already out there.

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/doing-what-you-have-to-do

Thank you for everyone for the continued support.

Some people gets kisses for Valentine's Day, I get publications.

Got news today that my 22nd short story has been accepted for publication. Nickels and Dimes will be published by a literary review called Gravel out of Arkansas most likely some time next month.

I first wrote this story in December of 2017, and have been trying to get it published ever since. It was rejected 27 times before being accepted for publication.

Of course you can't read it until it gets published, but in the mean time, feel free to peruse some of the already published short stories on the website.

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/when-is-it-due/

Thank you as always to everyone who has supported me and my writing.

Ring in the new year with a new publication!

How do you start the new year out right? I'll tell you how. By getting a short story acceptance email just three days in. One Night on the Max will be published by Crack the Spine in the next few months. Booyah.

One Night on the Max, my 21st to be published, is actually a fairly new short story. Only one other literary review had time to reject it before Crack The Spine gobbled it up.

Of course you're going to have to wait for it to be published to read it. However, in the mean time, if you get bored, you can always check out some already published short stories here:

https://www.shawnwcampbell.com/when-is-it-due/

As always, thank you to everyone for their support over the years.

A new portrait and newsfeed.

Hello writing fans. I’ve done a few changes to the website, one of the big ones being a brand new portrait of myself actually taken by a professional photographer as opposed to just a badly done selfie. Special thanks to the talented Anne Parmeter for making me somehow look good.

In other news, I’ve added a newsfeed section to the website in case any of you felt the need to more actively stalk me, or if you just like to keep up on what’s the latest happenings in my world, well, at least the writing parts of it.

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Professor Errare Presents....And Then What Happened

Professor Errare is proud to announce a brand new Professor Errare book available for purchase, And Then What Happened.

What happened to Lewis and Clark after their famous cross-country expedition? How did an imaginary cult help cause the Black Death? What happened to Al Capone after he got sent to prison? What's this I hear about Napoleon's dick? There are certain moments in history that pretty much everybody knows about, even that idiot who lives next door to you. This book isn't about those moments. No, this book is about the crazy parts leading up to or following those events that have been mostly left out of the history books. If you're tired of the general whitewashing of history into some kind of epic heroic journey, well then this is the perfect book for you.

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Professor Errare reading

Professor Errare and his partner in crime, S.W. Campbell, are proud to announce a rare public appearance and book reading extravaganza at the Rose City Book Pub.

Do you ever wonder why things are the way they are? Do you sometimes stay up all night crying because the world seems so strange and scary? Do you love history, but hate how it's all so dry and boring? Well my friends, then Professor Errare is the man for you.

The good professor is one of those rare breed of historians who prefer to feed people history in manageable chunks spiced with just the perfect amount of snark. He is looking forward to sharing some fun historic snippets from his books.

Joining Professor Errare will be local author S.W. Campbell, who is the good professor's co-author, but only because he knows how to type and use the internet. S.W. Campbell writes literary fiction, and if the good professor is feeling generous, may be allowed to do a little reading of his own.

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Papaya gets another step closer.

Instead of going out today, I finally got caught up on edits for my book Papaya, getting it to the point where I'm comfortable putting it out there to prospective agents.

Special thanks to Marcus Hart, Jessi Lynch, Jane O’Keeffe, Liz Knowles Ryan, Aaron Clutter, and Kenton Erwin for letting me sucker them in to being readers and editors.

The next steps are to write a cover letter and a synopsis to send out to prospective agents. It's basically like trying to find a job only somehow more god awful. If it gets accepted by an agent, then it gets shopped around for possible legit publishing. If it doesn't, then I go the self-publishing route the same as I did with The Uncanny Valley. At the same time, I'll probably start on a third book so I can go through the whole rigmarole again.

As always, thank you to everyone who supports my writing and asks about it. I know I'm not always the best at showing my appreciation for such things, but please believe me when I say it is there.

If you're feeling bored, you can check out the first chapter online via the below link. You can also check out my other writing projects there.

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Yet another new short story to be published this winter.

I got an email yesterday from a the Santa Clara Review that they would like to publish a story of mine called Gutterball in their Winter 2019 issue. Great news in what has already been a pretty great year for publishing stories. This will be the twentieth story I've had accepted for publication and the sixth just in this year.

As always, you're going to have to wait until its published to read it, but in the mean time, check out more stories on the website, or maybe some of my other writing projects.

One Night In Rapid City published

My short story One Night In Rapid City got published today in a literary review called Bull.

I first wrote this story in June of 2013. While I thought it was pretty good, it didn't follow a traditional literary structure, which is probably why it got rejected a record 116 times before finally getting accepted by Bull. The biggest complaint was always that the story didn't seem to go anywhere, which was kind of the point.

In this case, Bull wanted a few minor changes before publication, and so I worked with them on a couple of small tweaks. This actually doesn't happen that often in the world of short stories. Usually its a take it or leave it kind of model. Anyways, hope you all enjoy it.

A new short story coming this fall

And the hits just keep coming in. Today I received an email from a literary review called the Bull that my story "One Night In Rapid City" has been accepted for publication. This the 19th short story of mine to be accepted for publication and the 7th this year so far.

As always, thank you to everyone who has offered words of support over the years.

The story will be published in October, so you'll have to wait until then to read it, but in the meantime, if you desperately need something to read, check out these other short stories.

Poison published

My short story Poison has been published in the Red Rock Review.

To be honest, I was kind of surprised that this one got published. It's based off of a very vivid dream I had one night, and though I liked the writing, I thought of it as being a little too weird to ever get picked up. I wrote it back in April of 2013, submitted it about 10 times or so, got all rejections with nothing really encouraging, and just kind of left it in the dustbin. However, earlier this year I decided what the hell, might as well send it out again, and it got picked up by one of the three reviews I sent it to. Just goes to show that you never know. Hope you enjoy it.

2,000 rejections and counting

Today is a momentous occasion in my so called writing career. Today I received my 2,000th rejection by a literary review. Now some might say that 2,000 rejections might be more than a subtle hint that it's time to move on to something else, but I don't really see it that way.

At this time I have around 90 or more short stories which I'm actively shopping around. At any given time I have somewhere between 100 to 200 submissions out there waiting for responses. Sometimes responses come in less than a month, other times they don't come for over a year. Usually I make submissions twice a month.

Getting a response is somewhat of a crap shoot. There are a lot of factors that have to come together. Sure the quality of the writing is damn important, but so is a hell of a lot of stuff out of the author's control. Does the editor like your voice and tone, do they like the theme of the specific story, does it fit the overall theme of their next issue, are they in a good mood, what time of the day did they read your story, did they just get in a fight with their significant other, do they have to poop? All of these and more decide whether or not a story gets published.

Long topic short, 2,000 rejections is just a start. On to 3,000.

You want to check out some of the stories that made the cut? Check out these.