Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I just had to share the good news. As proud papa of an online literary journal.
I’ve really enjoyed my work on The Disappointed Housewife these last three-plus years, but I never let myself imagine that it would ever be noticed by one of the bigger fiction awards. We’re tiny. Seriously tiny. I’ve nominated pieces for the Pushcart and Best Small Fictions before, but there was never a peep that the judges actually took a gander.
But now Kirsty McGrory’s wonderful flash piece, “The Apparitions,” has put us on the literary map. In a small-scale way, I’m sure, but even so. What a treat.
One of the true pleasures of editing The Housewife is that every so often an unexpected gem shows up, and I realize that there are writers out there slugging away at great stuff that never gets the kind of recognition it deserves. And that there are writers out there who share my aesthetic vibe. And that there are writers out there who keep at it in spite of their understanding that the pleasures of this business are few and far between.
It’s true, you look at the list of stories singled out this year and The Housewife is still an itty bitty fish in a big aquarium, but I’m awfully glad that the editors and judges landed on Kirsty’s story and wanted to pin their medal on it.
Like I said. I feel like a proud papa, and I hope this award will bring in some new readers, and writers, to check out the zine’s brand of innovative, iconoclastic, and offbeat scribbling.
If you haven’t already, pop in and have a look around.