Now that I’m back to my home computer, here are some rejection letters I’ve recieved. I post them not because they are particularly funny or heinous or anything — they’re pretty standard — but because they both come from publications that I work for or have done in the recent past. Both of the editors who rejected me I now consider good friends. (Yes, Kris, you are my good friend.) Onward!
Dear Ms. Bradford,
Thank you for submitting your story “Enmity” to SYBIL’S GARAGE. Unfortunately at this time we will not be accepting your submission for publication. We enjoyed your story, however, it’s not quite right for the magazine. We hope you consider sending to us again.
Dear [my real first name and, may I note, spelled WRONG],
Thank you for your submission to Fantasy Magazine, but it didn’t quite grab me, so I’m going to pass on this.
all best wishes,
That second rejection was for Black Feather, BTW.
Nothing scathing, as I said. But funny for me, considering.
Both of these stories were/are going to be published. This is one of the reasons why writers share rejections. To show that even when you don’t wow one editor, you may wow another. And that editor’s not being wowed has no absolute bearing on your ability to wow elsewhere.