• Writing

    Rejection Letters

    by So I’ve recently begun to submit my short stories again after a long period where, for a variety of reasons, I wasn’t. Some quick stats: Since October 1st, I’ve put 36 stories in the e-mail to a variety of magazines and anthologies. Eight of them have come back as a rejections already. I’m not alarmed; writers need a thick skin. Three of those rejections were personalized and had the phrase “well written” somewhere in the text. The other five were form letters. Form letters don’t offend me. A lot of markets have an acceptance rate of far less than 1%. There’s only so much time in everyone’s day. But…