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Rejections #237 – 244 – Needle punches me in the gut, plus bonus higher-tiered rejections

Needle punched me in the gut again, kindly.  A nice couple paragraphs on why they weren’t going to take this piece.  To sum up: the piece wasn’t developed enough.  I shall persist.  I am persisting.  I sent them another story this morning.

The Other Room liked the writing, but felt the story (an experimental piece) was a little too loosely tethered.  To what, I’d like to know.

My latest Fantasy rejection was worded slightly differently, slightly more encouragingly than the last few!  A higher tiered rejection.  I’m taking it as progress.

Ditto from Bellevue Literary Review.  The Literary Rejection Wiki tells me so.

Glimmer Train, however, sent me the same old, same old rejection.

New Plains Review took 198 days to decide not to use my material.

Nano appreciates the chance &c.

Negative progress: Rejection #200 – Boston Review (plus bonus Rejections #201 & 202)

Rejection two-hundy was a doozy: a longish personal note from the Boston Review.  Boiled down, they said that while the story was imaginative and inventive, it could be restructured.  Not sure I agree, but their point is well-taken.

This is the same story that has received personal rejections from The New Yorker and Shenandoah.  Negative progress, I like to call it.  Being on the cusp.

Someone will take this story.  It’s still out at 10 places (and has been rejected at 13).

Crazyhorse took 7 paragraphs to tell me that this particular manuscript (which, obviously, had no particular resonance for them) wasn’t &c.

Fantasy got the same job done in 3 succinct sentences.

 

Rejection #169 – Fantasy

Fantasy thanks me, but the piece didn’t quite work.

Someday I’ll crack that place.

Props to editor John Joseph Adams, though; he runs Fantasy and Lightspeed, and plows through subs at fantastic speed.  Takes 48 hours or less to hear back from him.  As compared to a few mags which as yet shall go unnamed that have had pieces of mine for 200+ days.