Hi everyone, I go be the moniker Writer's Coin and I've been writing for about 4-5 years now. I've sent out hundreds of submissions to different literary mags and still haven't gotten any stories published. I did win an "additional prize" at one contest but it didn't involve publication, so that was a bummer. But I did get paid $300, which was nice. Anyway, I really enjoy talking to other people in the same boat I'm been and I've been meaning to join a forum like this for a while so I'm excited to finally be here. Right now I'm reading the O. Henry Prize Stories from 2007 and so far I haven't been blown away. Some of my favorite books are Catch-22, Halfway House, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and The Namesake. I'm also a huge David Foster Wallace fan but don't worry I'm not pretentious or snobby at all. Good to be here!