“Thank you for submitting your story, “Airlock”, to Xxx. Unfortunately, we have decided not to publish it. To date, we have reviewed many strong stories that we did not take. Either the fit was wrong or we’d just taken tales with a similar theme or any of a half dozen other reasons. Best success selling this story elsewhere.”
Airlock’s unnamed captain and her clandestine copy of Moby Dick will just have to accept those half dozen unnamed reasons. For now. It’s a good story; I’ve already sent it back out, to a more prestigious rag no less. Double down on sixes, why not.
96 down, 4 to go.
I’ve accumulated 90 rejections for my short stories over the past 3 years and change. A few wins too–6 to be exact–on a total of 16 stories put out there. My record is 12 rejections for one story (“The Cavalryman’s Saber”), but the good news is that it was accepted for publication this fall.
So I’ll be counting down the rejection notices over the next couple of month from #91 through lucky #100. Yes it’s a little morbid, but hey it’s a coping mechanism. I think. Stay tuned.
PS–Maybe I’ll get a win in the mix.