In February this year I shared a round of rejections with you, and as per many of subsequent blog posts, my submissions have slowed since May so not surprisingly my rejections are more spaced out as a result.
With that in mind, I’m sharing my May, June, and July 2012 rejections so you can see how it’s been going. The list is newest rejection to oldest, but I don’t think it matters.
- Corium – personal rejection
My note on Corium: Prior to this rejection, I had 3 pieces I had to withdraw (Jan, April, July) because stories were picked up by other journals. This time, even though I didn’t mention it, I subbed the piece exclusively, no sim-subs elsewhere. It wasn’t quite a fit, but I admire Lauren Becker, the editor, so I need to find a piece she likes. My quest continues.
- The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
- Cur.ren.cy – personal rejection
- Gargoyle – personal rejection
My note on Gargoyle: This was my first experience submitting to Gargoyle. Mad, mad props to Richard Peabody, the editor, who has been doing his thing on Gargoyle for decades. How he has time to send personal rejection notes is a mystery to me given that he’s getting hundreds of submissions in the brief window he opens once a year in preparation for the following year’s edition of the magazine.
- Sycamore Review
- Right Hand Pointing – personal rejection
- Flywheel Magazine – personal rejection
- Quarterly West
- A Public Space
My note on A Public Space: Sent inquiry after 6 months on status. No reply. Re-sent inquiry one month later (at 7 month wait period.) Personal reply received that they were backlogged on reading and my piece was still under consideration. Standard rejection form sent two months later. Total wait time: 9 months.
- Booth: A Journal
- Camroc Press – personal rejection
- The Collagist
- Hobart (print)
- Diagram – personal rejection
- The Prose Poem Project
- Dark Sky Magazine – personal rejection
- Gigantic – personal rejection
- This Great Society
- Bellvue Literary Review
- Kenyon Review
There you have it, make of it what you will. As for me, I continue to be very pleased with the level of personal engagement I have with many editors and I just keep on doing what I can to get the work out there.
What else is there for a writer to do anyway? You just have to keep at it, day by day.
If you have a favorite journal you’ve been hitting up, an editor you admire, a journal that maybe didn’t treat you as you would have liked, or a ridiculous wait period followed by a standard form rejection, feel free to share any and all in the comments (you know the drill, people!)