It came from Rachel Delaney Craft

It came from Rachel Delaney Craft

Rachel Delaney Craft’s story “Rapunzel Dreams of Elephants” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 20 August 2021. Metaphorosis

This story was inspired by a run-down house I rented one summer in college, where I lived in a tiny attic-turned-bedroom complete with trapdoor and rope ladder. The idea hit me one morning on my commute to work—why not write a fairy tale retelling with that stuffy attic room as Rapunzel’s tower?

That was over five years ago, when I was fairly new to writing and even newer to short fiction. I ran the first few drafts by my critique group, then started submitting to publications—and getting rejection after rejection (and the occasional tidbit of feedback). But I always thought this story had potential, so I kept submitting, revising, and repeating until Rapunzel finally found a home at Metaphorosis. It just goes to show that if you believe in your work, persistence and hard work will eventually pay off!

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