Rejection – it feels good!

Rejection StampI sent a short story off in May and waited for the publishers to get back to me. It’s a small Scottish publication and probably wasn’t the best market for my piece but it is local and I wanted to have a crack. My fears were that they were after high-end stuff and this turned out to be the case. My psych-horror didn’t really fit with their style but I got a nice reply and some comments as to why my story wasn’t published.

“This story is very well written – and obviously you’ve  been keen to respond to the guidelines. However, I suspect your story has  suffered as a result – you’re trying too hard and forgetting about listening  to the internal demands of your own story. The result is a work which as a bit  OTT, out of balance and lacks the psychological depth I generally look for – and  it’s a bit difficult to follow and empathise with. What I really want is work which is most fully  itself – and which is of high quality – not that which fulfils external requirements! I hope you find these  comments helpful and that you’re not too disappointed. Competition to appear in  the pages of Chapman is extremely  fierce.”

So pretty positive really although I don’t entirely agree with their comments. I’ll send it off to someone else, there’s a few horror publishers out there. Right now I just want to get something, anything published and then I can build from that.

Even rejection can be positive and it is my first rejection – it’s a writer’s milestone, not a millstone.


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8 thoughts on “Rejection – it feels good!

  1. Nice to get some feedback. Polish and keep submitting.
    BTW – thanks for stopping by my blog – and for the like. Cinda

    1. That’s it – I’m trying to line up some potential places to send my stories too. I think if I’d sent my story to a horror genre online magazine it would have got in.
      Thank you also for stopping by!

  2. It’s a ‘nice’ rejection. Most are not so considerate.

  3. What do they know? They probably would reject Shakespeare.

    1. Haha perhaps – but it’s a kinda high brow thing, so in the end I’m not surprised they didn’t take it.

  4. Keep trying – it will happen. Try What the Dickens – they are looking for ghost stories and Riptide has just opened submissions for their journal. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the suggestions – I’ll look into them tomorrow 🙂

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