I submitted a short story for inclusion in a local library publication. Today I was asked to read the story at the yearly awards program. I agreed. I then remembered that all stories submitted are included in a bound collection of that year’s submissions.
Before I committed to the library, I intended to submit the story to several publications, all of which require “unpublished” material.
Do I honor the first submission and have it become published material or withdraw the story from the library contest and submit as “unpublished” to other sources?
Georgia Downer is BWG Treasurer. She writes essays and short fiction and has won prizes for her work. She's currently working on a novel.