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Good rejections

Writers are accustomed to rejection. Even superstar writers often earned many a rejection slip in their early days.  Stephen King’s first novel was rejected dozens of times; Ray Bradbury had 1000s of short stories rejected. While I am not in … 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 #195: They’re coming fast now

Rejection number 195 came right on the heels of number 194.  Too fast for comfort. A nice long note for “Crazy,” another one of my valkyrie short stories, but a form letter for sure, because I’ve been rejected by this … 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: #191

Rejection number 191 of my Countdown to 200 Rejections arrived quickly, on “Ghosts of the Texians,” with little fanfare and no straws to grasp at. From an fledgling zine no less. “Thank you for letting us read Ghosts of the … Continue reading

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Query is a five letter word

Query is the most dreaded five-letter word in all of writer-dom.  Despite its innocuous name, a query is a malevolent process created by evil sadists intent on breaking the spirit of aspiring writers.  A query letter is the first step … Continue reading

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