I would call the piece that I submitted an example of “literary humor.” I would do so because I can’t quite figure out a better label for it: it’s a short (450-word) piece that essentially brings a 19th-century novel’s character into the present. That’s about all I want to say about it right now.
I submitted the piece via the magazine’s online submission manager, and quickly received an auto-response acknowledging receipt and stating that I “should receive a reply within three months.”
In the meantime, I’m trying to build a list of other possible homes for this piece. You know, just in case The New Yorker declines to publish it.
I’m thinking that McSweeney’s might like it. But I’m not sure that I regularly read a whole lot of work like this in too many other venues. (There’s the Writer’s Digest “Reject a Hit” feature, but this piece doesn’t fit there.)
What say you, fellow practicing writers? Where do you read literary humor (and maybe submit that sort of work yourself)? I’d love to know.