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The Work Around 

Editor:

"Damn," I muttered, putting down the paper. "I missed the deadline again. Third year running."

"What, that mini fiction contest?" she asked. ("Flash Fiction 2021," Dec. 23.)

"Yeah," I replied, pondering this latest failure. A few beats, then: "But I've got this great idea for a story. It would be called 'Better Late than Never.'"

"No matter what you call it, missing the deadline means it doesn't get published."

"Unless," I said, staring off in the middle distance of our kitchen. "Unless I somehow ... repackage it."

"As?"

"As a letter to the editor."

Richard Engel, Arcata

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