Well, folks, the end is nigh . . . or nine . . . or something. What I’m trying to say is that “Story X” has received its ninth rejection., and here it is:
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read your story. Unfortunately, it isn’t quite what we’re looking for. We do hope you will try again.
This is a pretty straightforward form rejection. You might be tempted to read something into the “try again” line, but I think it’s just part of their standard rejection, a nicety to soothe the blow. This was my first submission to this particular publication, and, man, do they have a fast turnaround. I received this rejection in three days. I love a magazine that turns and burns, so I will definitely send them something else.
Okay, so where does that leave poor “Story X?” One more shot, and then I must either admit defeat or rejoice in victory at the zero hour. I’ve been holding one ace in the hole, a publication I feel I have a pretty good chance with, so that’ll be my last submission. They can take a while to get back to an author, around 45 days, so this’ll likely be the last update on “Story X” for a while.
The next update on “Story X” will either be an announcement of an acceptance or the tenth and final rejection along with the debut of the story itself right here on the blog.
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