Rejection 16: A Tiny Forever
Before we get started in earnest here, I'd like to clarify that the number of this rejection posting, isn't meant to imply I've only ever been rejected 16 times, but that this is the 16th rejection that I have posted. I assure you, there have been many, many, many more than 16.
Regardless, I look forward to the day where my publications outnumber my rejections, and if you read yesterday's post, you'll know that I've closed the gap on that, by one more. (today's rejection is from before the recent publication)
Thank you for submitting "A Tiny Forever" to U****** M******* for consideration. Unfortunately, we're going to pass on this one. It's not what we're looking for right now.
We look forward to reading further submissions from you.
T** U****** M******* Editors
What I find funny about this rejection, in an admittedly self-abasing way, is that the editor, doesn't seem to try to hide the fact they didn't like the story. In all likelihood, this was a form rejection that they send to everyone who doesn't get accepted, but the wording of it doesn't exactly instill confidence in the work. "Unfortunately, we're going to pass on this one. It's not what we're looking for right now."
Don't get me wrong, I'm against the coddling mentality the country seems to be in, but typically form rejections make it sound like they liked the piece, but for one reason or another it doesn't fit in the antho, or their publishing motif.
I don't know, maybe I'm reading too much into what wasn't said, but to me it reads like they aren't really encouraging authors to want to submit to them in the future. I, for one, am stubborn and will certainly try with them again. And if I'm being honest with myself, I'm not terribly pleased with the story that I submitted, so I can understand a rejection, and even would respect the editor if this was an original email where she was saying she didn't like the story.
To hell with form rejections!