This Week in Rejection!: HarperCollins

Sometimes you get a personalized rejection that exists in a quantum state of sense and no-sense at the same time. Like this week’s example of rejectitude, from more than a decade ago and venerable publisher HarperCollins… [Read more…]

This Week in Rejection!: Weird Tales

A group rejection, from “the Editorial Horde!” And a weather report, to boot! Check it: [Read more…]

This Week in Rejection!: Columbia

Columbia

This Week in Rejection!: Michigan Quarterly Review

Every week, rejection letters from my past. Because the hurt goes away after a couple of decades.

Remember: My rejection history goes all the way back to ancient times, when you actually had to mail in your story for rejection! If you wanted the manuscript back, you had include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage to get it back to you. For me, it was easier and cheaper just to include a regular business-sized envelope for the inevitable rejection. Printing out a new copy of the story for another publication was no big deal. [Read more…]

This Week in Rejection!: Alaska Quarterly Review

Every week, rejection letters from my past. Because the hurt goes away after a couple of decades.

I like that they say “because we know how much effort went into this submission, we regret the use of this form.” It’s a nice little acknowledgement of the work we (like to think we) put into our stories. Even the stories that suck. :)