Real-Time Rejection II: The 5th Rejection of “Story X1”

Well, we’ve hit the half-way point, and “Story X1” has received its 5th rejection. If you’d like to see the previous rejections, go here.

Without further ado, here’s rejection number five:

Thank you for submitting “Story X1” to XXX. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, we don’t feel it is a good fit for us and we’re going to have to pass on it at this time.

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

This is a standard form rejection from a pro market, one that’s in my top-ten list of publications to crack before the end of the decade. The closest I’ve gotten with this particular publisher is a further consideration letter followed by a form rejection. There’s not much you can learn from a rejection like this. The only information here is a) they read the story, and b) they aren’t going to publish it. You’ll never know why, so let these rejections bounce off that ever-thickening rejectomancer hide you’ve been growing and send that story out again.

The good news is that many of the publications I regularly submit to, both pro and semi-pro, have opened up for submissions again in the new year. As such, I’ve sim-subbed “Story X1” out to a couple of my usual suspects, so you’ll either see “Story X1” achieve glorious acceptance, or you’ll get blog posts titled “The 6th/7th Rejection of “Story X1.” Place your bets. 🙂

How are your writing endeavors going in the new year? I’d love to hear about your latest rejection or acceptance in the comments.

13 thoughts on “Real-Time Rejection II: The 5th Rejection of “Story X1”

  1. I’m meta-gaming here, but do you think that your highlighting the rejection process might change it? As in publications giving higher-level rejections than before?

    (I’m not an author; the extent of my involvement is proofing.)

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    • Nah, not really. I’m certainly not the only author that talks about rejection letters, and to my knowledge, the process hasn’t changed much in quite some time.

      It should also be stated that my goal here is not to change the process but to inform other writers that there IS a process, one that often isn’t a reflection of writing ability.

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  2. AR,

    Love your real-time submissions/acceptance/rejection concept. Really good for me (and other writers, I hope) to see that someone else out there–with more experience–has to go through the whole submission cycle too. It is REALLY helping put things in perspective. Good luck with this piece!

    Just had a story of mine, “So You Found Me,” accepted on the 7th try by Between Worlds magazine, after 6 rejections! Persist or perish!

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    • Thanks. I think until you hit the point where you’re a household name, i.e., your name alone will sell books, magazines, etc., rejections are just a fact of life.

      Congrats on your publication. Persist or perish–I dig that. 😉

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