In August, 2019, “Submission Caws” cawed its way into the world at Defenestration humor magazine.
“Submission Caws” was a lot of fun to write, especially if you know me well enough to know I’m not a huge fan of meta in writing – I prefer my fiction to be more about the story and characters than the craft of writing itself.
So what is “Submission Caws” about? It’s a … wait for it … meta treatment of the process for submitting manuscripts out for publication! It is indeed funny, particularly if you are also a writer undertaking this process on a regular basis. And it’s a fantasy take on the concept, with recipes for magic spells subbed in for manuscripts themselves.
You can read “Submission Caws” for free at Defenestration, right here.
The first few lines to entice:
A black crow swoops onto the open window ledge, and yearning gushes from deep within me. I tamp down the emotion swifter than the crow can deliver its charge: a rolled parchment that bangs against the bookshelves as it flips toward the floor. The crow musses its feathers and launches into the air, off to retrieve its next assignment. Soon, someone else will receive fresh misery. I retrieve the parchment, find it quaint that the Gate Keepers use it for correspondence when they could just place a call by sandspelling. The parchment’s seal displays a sentinel guarding a mountain of scrolls piled behind an ornate, locked gate.
And some photographic inspiration: