Simon Dorn sat at his desk and opened the brown envelope.
His fingers lifted the flap and he pulled the five folded A4 pages out, opened them and looked at the top sheet. Beneath the company banner, the short letter read:
Dear Mr Dorn
Thank you for sending an example of your work to Story Board. Although we found it to be well-written, interesting and thought-provoking, it is, unfortunately, not the type of story we are looking to publish at present.
Good luck in placing your work elsewhere.
Dorn dropped the letter into the overflowing plastic box by the side of his office chair. He held his short story, Driftwood Hunting On Brighton Beach in his hands and reread it, looking for the flaws the magazine editor had obviously found in it. Eventually he found one sentence that was a little unclear. He switched on his word processor, found the story file, opened it and scrolled down to the offending sentence – then stopped. Read more…
Note on A Triumph:
R J Dent says: ‘I wrote A Triumph immediately after I had finished reading The Simplest Thing in the World by Ayn Rand. I’ve always been an admirer of Ayn Rand’s work, and I was inspired to write A Triumph because I was impressed by Rand’s concision, clarity, narrative drive and the seemingly effortless way she synthesised her aesthetic and ethical systems – and underpinned her story with that synthesis.
‘I’ve also written a sequel of sorts to this story, entitled Chest of Wonders.’
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