In August of 2011 I submitted “Walking with Great Uncle” to a literary market that a fellow writer had recommended. Walking had previously been published in The First Line in the Summer 2009 edition, but this market accepted reprints so I gave it a shot.
Over a year later, after unanswered pings and months after I had written it off as a dead-end, I actually received rejection number 97.
“Thank you for your submission to Xxx. We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, but after careful consideration, we have decided not to publish it. Regretfully, because of the large number of submissions we receive, we’re not able to offer specific comments on each piece.”
So glad they carefully considered it for all those months. Nishi has already had her fifteen minutes of fame, and Granny gets a starring role in the soon to be published “The Cavalryman’s Saber” (this fall), so we’re all good. But needless to say this is a market that’s off my must-read list.
97 down, 3 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.