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Ringing in the new year with a rejection-o-rama

Since its last update, I’ve been rejected an additional 14 times. Most of them have involved that same long story that The New Yorker and Paris Review liked but didn’t take. That one has been rejected 30 (yep – thirty) times so far, and is awaiting dismissal at 8 other places as we speak. When some editor finally sees fit to grab hold of this story, it’ll rate its own post on its own long strange journey.

Not going to go relive all the rejections, except to say that the turn-downs from Needle (I WILL CRACK THAT MARKET SOMEDAY, GODDAMMIT) and Shimmer and The Pedestal and Unstuck and CutBank were encouraging. Not nearly as encouraging as an acceptance, but hey.

The Failure list has been updated.

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.