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December 2015 Rejection Roundup

Let’s bring 2015 to a close Rejectomancy style with a summary of all the rejection letters I received in December. I know December isn’t quite over, but with the holidays, I’ve likely gotten all the responses I’m gonna get. Like last month, December wasn’t… Continue Reading “December 2015 Rejection Roundup”

Real-Time Rejection: The 7th Rejection of “Story X”

Well, damn, I thought sevens were supposed to be lucky. Yep, “Story X” has received its seventh rejection, and it looks a little something like this. Thank you for sending us “Story X”. Unfortunately, this piece is not for us. We wish you the… Continue Reading “Real-Time Rejection: The 7th Rejection of “Story X””

Five Flavors of Form Rejection

Form rejection letters come in many different shapes and sizes, and it can be easy to read a lot into these boilerplate missives, largely because there is such a wide variety. In my experience, though, whether a form rejection is short and to-the-point or wordy and… Continue Reading “Five Flavors of Form Rejection”

Baby’s First Rejection

A couple of days ago, I commented on a writer’s blog who had just received her first rejection. That first one is tough, and I wanted to offer a little sympathy and solidarity to this person. Of course, it got me thinking about my… Continue Reading “Baby’s First Rejection”

November 2015 Rejection Roundup

November 2015 is in the rearview mirror, so it’s time to round up all the “we’re going to pass’s” and “not for us’s” for your viewing pleasure. This time, however, I’m gonna throw in some positive reinforcement and show you the other letters I received… Continue Reading “November 2015 Rejection Roundup”

Ranks of the Rejected – Josh Goller (The Molotov Cocktail)

Today, we’re shaking things up a bit on Ranks of the Rejected. I recently spoke with Josh Goller, the editor-in-chief for the excellent flash fiction lit-zine The Molotov Cocktail. I asked Josh for the interview because he produces one of my favorite publications, and I really dig his approach… Continue Reading “Ranks of the Rejected – Josh Goller (The Molotov Cocktail)”

Submission Protocol: Simultaneous Submissions

Let’s talk about one of my favorite writerly topics: simultaneous submissions. A simultaneous submission (sim-sub, for short) is when you send one story to multiple markets to increase the chance you’ll put the story in front of an editor who will publish it. As with all the subjects… Continue Reading “Submission Protocol: Simultaneous Submissions”

The 7 Stages of Literary Rejection

A writer goes through a lot of emotions when that rejection letter shows up in his or her inbox, and it occurred to me these emotions are similar to those involved with grieving or loss (more or less). I’m sure you’ve all heard of the seven… Continue Reading “The 7 Stages of Literary Rejection”

Rejection Letter Rundown: The Apologetic Personal Rejection (with Rob Mammone)

As I have said many, many times on this blog, (most) editors are not heartless monsters out to grind your hopes and dreams into a fine spreadable paste. Nope, they’re just regular and often passionate folks who happen to be in a position to judge… Continue Reading “Rejection Letter Rundown: The Apologetic Personal Rejection (with Rob Mammone)”

October 2015 Rejection Roundup

October 2015 is in the books, and I’ve rounded up all the rejection letters I received for the month for your viewing pleasure. I received a few more rejection in October than I did in September, but I also published a couple of stories,… Continue Reading “October 2015 Rejection Roundup”

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