I’m in the beautiful Colorado Springs where there is much to admire and appreciate (Pikes Peak, yeah!). But the rejections still come, no matter where you are.
I received a rejection for a story that has been generically rejected all around. This rejection came from Crazyhorse after almost five months. I am beginning to think this story needs some serious plastic surgery. The other rejection came from West Branch, which was fast (about a month). Completely generic as well. And this for a story that HAS received positive encouragement, so I don’t know. I like this story a lot. I don’t want to revise it. I also received a rejection from The Lifted Brow, which was sent (I could tell) to a bunch of other writers because I was blind-copied and I was addressed as, “Dear Writer.” That blows. I don’t think I’m going to submit to them again, especially since I received encouragement last year, but then was told to wait another year, and then now was told generically that they are booked for another year. I wish places like these would just tell you – STOP SUBMITTING TO US! And I would, seriously I would, and I wouldn’t waste my time or theirs.