Playing catch-up again. Here are my submission endeavors for May and June.
May/June 2019 Report Card
May was fairly productive with 7 submissions, but I stumbled in June and only managed 4 more. A few of the rejections were from stories submitted prior to May and June, but most were for those sent out in that two-month period. I withdrew one story and sent it out again last week.
Twelve rejections for April.
Lots of personal rejections lately and a few of those were shortlisted rejections, and number of them had similar feedback. I have some stories that seem to be falling between the genre cracks, and I’m essentially getting “not horror enough” rejections from horror markets and “not fantasy enough” rejections from fantasy markets. I’m not one-hundred percent sure what to do about that except try and find markets looking for broadly speculative submissions. I think I may have found a few, and I did resubmit these stories there, so we’ll see what happens.
This is a shortlist rejection, and it’s one that highlights many of the things I talk about on this blog.
Thank you for your patience. This submissions period was perhaps the most competitive I’ve ever had here at [publisher], and my final decisions were extremely gut-wrenching. With my current production schedule, I’m only able to produce two stories a month, and must reluctantly turn down many stories that I would love to accept. Unfortunately, [story title] is one of these. Thank you for making my decision so difficult. I hope to read more of your work in the future.
This rejection illustrates that writing a good story, even one the publisher likes, is not a guarantee of acceptance. You’re often up against a lot of competition for just a few spots (two in this case), which, as this publishers says, forces them to make tough decisions. Sure, these shortlist rejections can be disappointing, but, like always, it’s important to keep things in perspective, never take a rejection personally, and look for the silver lining. If a story is getting shortlisted, that means it has potential, and you should definitely keep submitting it. Also, I think it goes without saying that a shortlist rejection means the publisher likes your writing, and you should believe them when they say something like “I hope to read more of your work in the future.” I’ll send this story out again soon, and I’ll definitely send this publisher another piece during their next submission window.
One flash fiction acceptance that I’ll announce soon. It’s with a new market for me, so that’s always good. That brings me to 7 acceptances for the year, which is a bit behind my total from last year at this point. Hopefully, July will be a more successful month in that department.
And that was May and June. Tell me about your month(s).
I believe I already gave you a report on Twitter, so I won’t repeat it. However, if you don’t mind, I would like to spotlight a rejection I received in June:
This is a brilliantly constructed piece, marvelous really. I admire how eloquently you thread the needle here, crafting these thematic connections between each of these shorts. The dialogue is especially effective.
Unfortunately, I can’t include this in the anthology as I just don’t have enough space for it and it doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the work I’ve accepted for the anthology. Really, it’s only a matter of space and I’ve gone over the cut off point here. I can’t inundate the publishers with anything more than what they’ve agreed to. I hope you understand!
Let’s talk (and collaborate) soon!
I’d love to somehow publish you in the near future. Would you consider sending this for consideration at [journal]? I’m sure [fiction editor] would love to have a look at this.
I usually don’t get rejections this encouraging. It was (almost) like receiving an acceptance.
BTW, in case you’re wondering, I did send it to the journal that the editor suggested, but I haven’t received a response yet.
Awesome. I don’t think you can get a better rejection than that. Hell, it said more nice things about the story and writing than most acceptances! 🙂