We don't know of anyone who hasn't had work returned at one time or another, but that certainly doesn't make it any easier. We hope you will find consolation in the individuality of editorial tastes and the assurance that, with persistence, good work will be recognized as such.
-- The Editors, Santa Monica Review
[It's always bad news when they don't use your name. This is my third rejection from SMR. Same letter each time. (sigh)]
Unfortunately, after several rounds of editorial consideration, we have decided that your material does not meet our needs for the current issue. This does not necessarily reflect upon your writing style or skill.
-- The MUSE Editorial Staff
[Several rounds? Really? Wow! I was almost there. Or not.]
Dear C.W. Spooner,
Thank you for sending us "A Proper Salute." Unfortunately, this piece is not a right fit for Faultline, but we wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere.
-- Faultline Fiction Editor
[Hmmm... What is a "right fit"? Opposite of a "wrong fit" I presume. ]
Dear C.W. Spooner,
Unfortunately we were not able to accept your text "Eureka" for publication...but would like to encourage you to consider submitting to us in the future. We are interested in reading more of your work.
--The Fiction International Team
[Oh my! This one is almost encouraging.]
Of course, all of these are preferable to my friends at Glimmer Train. GT happily sucks up my "readers fees" but never responds. On their online submission system, they simply change the status from "Pending" to "Completed," which means, "Thanks, but no thanks." I think I'll keep my readers fees.
And there you have it: the reason for retaining the name of this blog. Actually, I'm just poking a little fun at the editors. It's all good. They have a VERY tough job to do and a TON of material to wade through.
Ah, but here's to the editors who sent acceptance notices. God bless 'em, one and all.
Harry Diavatis (RIP), the Monday Update (stories, essays, poems, memoirs -- by the dozen)
Mike Stanley, Spitball -- The Literary Baseball Magazine (three stories)
Regina Williams, The Storyteller
Casey Dorman, Lost Coast Review (two stories)
M. Scott Douglass, The Main Street Rag
Someone once said, "If you throw enough 'stuff' at the wall, some of it will stick." Ain't it the truth?