It was May 31st when I slid the envelope into the post-box. Inside was my first submitted short story. I had laboured for hours, head down, tail up, going over and over it, making it as perfect as I could. For the first time in my life, I followed instructions to a T. Every step of the guidelines, I followed. Weeks went by. Two weeks more than the expected response time.
“What if it never arrived?” I wondered, as another week sailed by. Still, I sat and I waited. And waited. And then, two months to the day after I slipped my story into the post, an email arrived. My heart skipped a beat as I clicked on the link. I am happy to announce that my story was accepted for publication by The School Magazine. It will be published in the months to come. My first submission, ever. Published. At last. It’s amazing what happens when you follow instructions.