3 Rejection letters in one day!

Literary magazines impressed me this weekend when I received not just one, but THREE rejection letters.  Nothing feels better than being suck-punched three times in the face by your inbox.

The evidence as follows:


Dear Marla,

Thank you for sending us “Strangers”. We appreciate the chance to read it and your patience; we’re a small staff, and we take the time to go through each submission carefully. Unfortunately, this piece is not a good fit for us.

Best of luck placing your work elsewhere.


——-  ——-

Alright, alright, alright, so maybe my story about finding soul mates in alternate universes didn’t hit the nail on the head for some people, and maybe following it with a robot sex scene was what made it “not a good fit” for them.  Oh well.  They didn’t like it.  Moving on.


Dear Marla:

Thank you for submitting your story, “Undying Suspense for the Sea,” to —— ——– Review. We have read your submission, and regret that it wasn’t a good fit for our magazine. Best of luck finding a home for your story and thank you for the opportunity to read your work.


—- ———-, Editor
—- ——–, Fiction Editor

Strike two.  Oh well.  So what?  It is true.  I did decide to write about swans going on vacation.  I understand that my work is a little too out there for people, but I can’t let that stop me from being amazing, right?

Hello Marla,

Hope this message finds you well!

I am sorry, but we will not be able to accept your submission to the
“End of the World” issue of ———.  Thank you once again for
submitting your work to us.  Your writing is what sustains the work we
do, but unfortunately, this year with severe budget cuts, we had to
cut our page numbers by nearly half.  As a result, we had to make many
painful cuts and could not include many fine submissions, including

Please keep writing and creating art and beauty!  Our world definitely needs it!

——  ——– and the editorial staff of ——-

Wait a second, was this a compliment folded into the rejection letter?  Did he really just say, “As a result, we had to make many painful cuts and could not include many fine submissions, including yours.”  Did this editor really just say that I had a “fine submission”?

SUCCESS!  SUCCESS!   I received a compliment in the letter.

Am I over-exaggerating this, or did this editor just say I had a “fine submission”?  Or was he being nice?  Help me figure this out other writers!


4 thoughts on “3 Rejection letters in one day!

  1. Dumb question here, but I’m assuming you’re researching the markets you’re submitting to, no?

    I would be happy just getting any kind of rejection letter, even if it said, “Please don’t ever write us, or anyone else, again.”

    • LOL, Thank you for this Gus! I was worried at first. Yes, I am researching some of the markets, but I try to just get out there and send something once in a while.

      The last letter for the “End of The World Issue” was something I did research, and agreed, I was very happy to see that they referred to it as a “fine submission”.

      Researching the markets more is important, and I have to hone in on that more.

      How do you research the markets?

      • I haven’t really done much research for markets for my manuscript, because I’m nowhere near done with it, and that would be like putting the cart before the horse.

        But for my short stories, either Duotrope or Poets & Writers are my sources for markets, and narrowing down where I want to submit to.

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