A Florilegium of Rejection Notes

These are all for the same story, which I completed last summer:

It was well received here, but after some thought we have decided not to accept it for publication. this came very close. Very pretty :).

I quite liked this, but it felt a little insubstantial for this length, and my co-editors didn’t like it quite as much as I did.

Even though the narrative tone was more external or fable-esque than I usually prefer, I really enjoyed the first third or so of the story… I was hoping for something more character-centered… I hope you will feel free to submit again.

Your story was held for further consideration either by myself or my assistant and carefully read. I was intrigued by the idea behind this story and the style in which it was written, but on completing my reading ultimately decided I wasn’t compelled enough to make an offer to buy it.

My reaction to this is a mixture of pleasure at the positive reception, and annoyance at the lack of actual publication. Ah, well, such is the fate of a newbie writer. Once more into the breach…


  1. And what, we all want desperately to know, is that tiny, final, nebulous “thing” that will push them over into “buy”?

    If the gods know, they are keeping it from us…

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