Rejection number 100–short and simple

Three years in the making, rejection number 100 is finally here, short and simple and distinctly a form letter.  “The Trillionaire” earned the dubious honor.

Thank you for your submission to xxxx.  Unfortunately, we have decided not to accept your story at this time.  We receive far too many submissions to accept them all.  Thank you for your interest in our magazine.”

And this from a market that already published one of my other stories.

100 down, 100 more to go.  Keep on writin’.

CR Hodges


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.

CR Hodges

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6 Responses to Rejection number 100–short and simple

  1. Congratulations? I think that’s the appropriate response.

  2. Chuck, you are hereby the first to win the coveted Golden Turtle Award, for you patience and persistence (and all the encouragement you’ve given the rest of us. Your certificate is at (version with deliberate typo, symbolizing one of the top reasons manuscripts are rejected) or (“editted” version).

    • crhodges says:

      Betsy–The Golden Turtle Award is too cool by half. The best writing award that I’ve ever won. OK, the only writing award that I’ve ever won, but that’s beside the point. Thanks!

  3. Zen says:

    That’s quite a milestone! You seem to be quite persistent. I think I lost hope after my 30th rejection. xD

  4. crhodges says:

    Zen–keep n writing, keep on submitting. Persistence does pay off, eventually. Plus you get a really cool Golden Turtle Award!

  5. crhodges says:

    (typo not deliberate but appropriate…)

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