Jonathan Pinnock - Writer of Stuff


The Battered Suitcase

It’s possible that regular readers of this blog may have gained the impression that the course of my writing life runs like a smooth, well-oiled machine, untroubled by such petty problems as rejection, frustration or failure. However, nothing could be further from the truth: I get rejections and failures all the time. There are some publications that have almost certainly added me to their spam list, given the number of things I have abortively sent them. However, I do like to think that the fact that this doesn’t bother me (and it really doesn’t) has something to do with whatever impression of success that I manage to project.

Some of my favourite stories have travelled the world so much they have special T shirts printed, showing everywhere they have visited on their long journey, and I am delighted to announce that one such story, “Dinner with Sylvia” has at last found a home – and a good one at that – at The Battered Suitcase. I wrote this story for a VWC competition back in 2004 and I have been sending it out, off and on, ever since I started submitting stuff to the outside world in 2007. So I’m particularly pleased to see this one finally flee the nest, because it deserves a wider audience. Well, I think it does, anyway.


  1. Funny, for a minute I thought you were describing yourself as a battered suitcase. Great post and very pleased for your story!

  2. Congrats to you and your story!

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    June 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks, Claire! Believe me, I feel like one sometimes :)

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    June 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks, Marisa!

  5. Well done on the acceptance, Jon. Always satisfying to place an old favourite. (My most travelled story sold on its ninteenth outing!!)

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    June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks, Sherri! It is, isn’t it? Nineteen is pretty impressive :)

  7. Great stuff – persistence is so often the key!

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    June 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Ain’t it just :)

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