I submitted a story for the NPR three minute fiction contest, to be judged by James Wood. Fortunately, before I did so, I did not read this review of his new book, How Fiction Works. Had I done so, I think I would have had more qualms about submitting my work for his review.
In all likelihood, I need only worry about his opinion of the first nine words, since that's probably all it will take for him to make his decision. Nevertheless, Mr. Wood, if you're reading this, I'd appreciate any comments you might have on the piece. If you respond here, I promise not to clutter up the in-box of the New Yorker with anything for at least another year.