I have some good news to share—one of my short stories, An Unspeakable Life, got accepted for publication in an online magazine, After Dinner Conversation. I hear it will be coming out to subscribers on January 1st of 2022, and in the anthology possibly in September. And maybe, just maybe, a podcast discussion to follow. I hope so! I would love to be a fly on the wall for that.
I was turned on to After Dinner Conversation while rooting around through Duotrope. I searched for—you guessed it—”philosophy” and “fiction”. And BINGO! Who knew there was a publication that specialized in, well, what I like?
I’ve been enjoying the bite-sized stories. So much so that I decided to volunteer as a slush pile reader while I attempted to write a story of my own to submit. (In case you’re wondering, no, I did not evaluate my own short story.) Unfortunately, each time I came up with a premise and finished a first draft, it turned out that ‘my’ idea had already been taken by a recently-released TV show. The idea of Googling first never seems to occur to me.
Finally, I decided to mine my old short stories for material, and that’s when I saw I already had one that, after doing some minor tweaking, would seem to fit the bill. Naturally I was a bit nervous about submitting, not only for the usual reasons, but also because most of the stories in the publication are Sci-Fi, whereas mine is not. (For some reason philosophical fiction tends to come out in Sci-Fi form, though it seems to me ordinary, everyday life is chock full of sticky moral dilemmas and ethical conundrums.) That said, ADC states on the website that it’s open to all genres; all that’s required is that the story ask a philosophical question. So I took a deep breath and hit the ‘send’ button, and I’m glad I did.
I’ll keep you posted when my story comes out. Until then, if you’re reading this blog, if you like philosophy, if you like Sci-Fi, or if you’ve ever felt somehow both stupid and indignant after reading stories in The New Yorker, I think you’ll enjoy After Dinner Conversation.
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After Dinner Conversation believes humanity is improved by ethics and morals grounded in philosophical truth.
How about you? Have you ever written a philosophical short story? If not, what would you write about? If so, was it Sci-Fi?