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Rejections #227 – 236

Too many to list in the title.  And worry not: acceptance news is forthcoming.  2 parcels of news, actually.  (You can take a sneak peek in the Published Short Stories page, if you’d like.)

Needle wanted something more developed.  This one stung.  I really wanted in that mag; and now they’re posting on FB that they’ve filled the next two (!) issues.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent along a long personal rejection, but a rejection nonetheless.  This one also stung.  I worked for weeks on the story I sent them, and had them in mind all along.   To the point where I am actually reworking the story, to send to them again.

Hey another one that stung – Shotgun Honey wants me to keep ’em coming.  Just not this one.  This one from a mag that’s already published a piece of mine.  I’m not going to lie – it’s a little maddening.  I shall persist.

Flashquake tells me I made it to Round 2, but no further.

Minnesota Review thanks me &c.

Esquire appreciated &c.

Ellery Queen thanks me but &c.

Southeast Review took 290 days to decide the piece didn’t fit the needs of their journal.

Lit took 180 days to decide likewise.

Southern Humanities Review cannot be bothered to use their full name in a form rejection email, preferring SHR.  I cannot be bothered to type out any portion of their form rejection (even though my not bothering took more characters than it would have to abbreviated their rejection.  Look, I have to have some standards.).

Acceptance news forthcoming.

Rejections #155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160 – Ninth Letter, Juked, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Mixer, Chizine, The Collagist

Kinda bummed about the rejection from Beneath Ceaseless Skies – I really want in there.  Well, next time.  The editor liked the story, but found there were too many modern elements to fit in with the magazine.  Know your markets, I guess.

Steven Owen, Editor at Mixer Publishing, had a number of nice things to say about the piece I submitted, but ultimately found the characterization of the main character too sentimental.  An interesting critique and not one I can recall getting before, so I’m considering in some depth what he meant.

The editors at Chizine consider my story interesting and well-written, but not for them, after consideration.

Ninth Letter is sorry the submission isn’t for them.

Juked appreciated the read, but are sorry to say they won’t be able to use the piece.

The Collagist is unable to use the fiction I submitted.  So unable, in fact, that their auto-responder sent me the same email twice.