Category Archives: Rejection countdown

Rejection # 200: not quite

Rejection number 200 arrived too fast, just a year and change since rejection number 100.  I’ve landed 9 wins in that same span, so not all that bad, especially in a world where the odds are stacked against us writers. … Continue reading

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Rejections 198 and 199: one after the other

Rejections 198 and 199 came bing, bang one after the other.  Like someone planned it that way.  As if one rejection wasn’t enough to taint even an optimistic writer’s day. Rejection 198, for “Wobble,”  was from a familiar journal from … Continue reading

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Rejection # 197: does not meet needs

Rejection number 197 was the first for a new sci fi action short story, “Flagjacker.” Another short and sweet dis, it simply read: Thank you for submitting “Flagjacker” to xxxx Magazine for consideration. Unfortunately, it does not meet our needs … Continue reading

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Rejection #196: Another contest

I entered “Wobble” into an extremely prestigious writing contest and guess what, it didn’t win.  Or place or show.  It happens, part of the whole shoot-for-the-moon aspects. Oh well, that counts as rejection number 196. Four more to my 200 rejection … Continue reading

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Rejection #194: Short answer

Rejection #194 (of my countdown to 200 short story rejections) was from a very established, high quality dark fiction outlet that I had only recently run across. A very short answer: “Thank you for sending “Faro,” but I decided not … Continue reading

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Rejection #193, and a Win

Rejection #193 arrived simultaneously with a Win.  Or at least a Place. I had entered “The Trillionaire” in a writing contest, with the modest entry fee going to an on-line charity.  After entering, I realized that I could enter a … Continue reading

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Rejection countdown: #192

Rejection number 192 came from a pro market that I really respect but have never been able to crack.  The piece was “Faro,” a mythica / ghost story mash-up featuring a young Granny Hooper, the heroine of “The Confederate Cavalryman’s … Continue reading

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