25 September 2011

Rejection #28: Clarkesworld

Dear Lawrence,

Thank you for the opportunity to read "Where the Lights Go." Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year.

In the past, we've provided detailed feedback on our rejections, but I'm afraid that due to time considerations, we're no longer able to offer that service. I appreciate your interest in Clarkesworld Magazine and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

Take care,

Neil Clarke
Publisher/Editor
Clarkesworld Magazine
www.clarkesworldmagazine.com

15 September 2011

Rejection 27: Fantasy Magazine

Dear Lawrence,

Thanks for submitting this story, but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way.

Sincerely,
John Joseph Adams
Editor
Fantasy Magazine
www.fantasy-magazine.com

More form letters.

Rejection 26: F&SF Magazine

They rejected "Where the Lights Go" with the same form letter as my earlier F&SF stories were rejected.

One of these days, a personal note on a rejection is going to feel like acceptance. The rejections for this story suck a bit more than the others because I feel like it is one of the best I've written. Makes me think: Am I any good at this? I won't ever give up, but not giving up is definitely difficult.

03 September 2011

Rejection #25: Fantasy Magazine

Dear Lawrence,

Thanks for submitting this story, but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way.

Sincerely,


John Joseph Adams
Editor
Fantasy Magazine
www.fantasy-magazine.com

Comment: Another form rejection. One of these days, I'll get one with something important written within it, I hope.

02 September 2011

Rejections #22, #23, & #24

I submitted by book of found poetry, crafted from the letters of my prison pen pal, to three poetry contests. Each rejected it. I decided to ePublish it instead, raising money for the Prison Library Project.

Here's my book, Running in Place, in case you're interested. It's available on nook too.

Rejection #21: Clarkesworld

Dear Lawrence,

Thank you for the opportunity to read "Seventy-Two." Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year.

In the past, we've provided detailed feedback on our rejections, but I'm afraid that due to time considerations, we're no longer able to offer that service. I appreciate your interest in Clarkesworld Magazine and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

Take care,

Neil Clarke
Publisher/Editor
Clarkesworld Magazine
www.clarkesworldmagazine.com

My Comment: I'm surprised they only publish 12 unsolicited short stories a year. They publish 12 issues a year. Oh well.