Virgins & Tricksters

My magic-realist short story collection Virgins and Tricksters was published in 2012 by Aqueous Books. The Kindle version is available for 7.99.
Kearns coverThe first story in the book, “The Associated Virgins,” earned a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize volume, which thrills and amazes me. That story was rejected by 42 journals, over a span of two years, before it was accepted by Witness. So take heart, writers! A rejection doesn’t necessarily mean the story isn’t “good”; it could just mean the subject matter / style / mood / length etc. wasn’t right for that editor at that time.
The book received very kind endorsements from two writers whose work I greatly admired: Marge Piercy, who was a total stranger to me at the time, and Katherine Vaz, a friend of a friend. I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to them.
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