Rejectamenta!

9.18.12

Two rejections in one day! And 15% off the subscription rate of the magazine!

“Dear Amos Wright,

Thank you for sending “Man’s Best Enemy Is the Bitch In His Bed” to Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco State Review. We have considered your submission and, unfortunately, it isn’t a match for our current issue.

Many authors of original and well-crafted pieces will receive this letter. Please don’t let this deter you from submitting in the future, and, in the meantime, subscribing to Fourteen Hills. As a token of our respect for your work, we would like to offer you a reduced subscription rate of 15% off. We know this is a small condolence, but we hope you take us up on our offer.

You can request the subscription at this link: https://fourteenhills.submishmash.com/payment/3849/1588

Thanks again. Best of luck with your work.

Sincerely,

The Editors”

9.18.12

“Dear Amos Wright,

Thank you for allowing storySouth to consider “When Christ Returns to a Slave State”. We have read your work carefully, but must decline to publish. We regret that the volume of submissions we receive and the small size of our staff prevent us from giving a more personal response, but we hope that you will submit to us again.

We wish you the best in placing your work elsewhere, and we thank you for your support of storySouth.

Sincerely,
Fiction Editor, storySouth”

9.12.12.

Received this rejection from ‘Subtropics’ within three days of submitting! Talk about service!

“Dear Amos Wright,

Thank you for sending us “The Dead Mules Rides Again.” This story isn’t going to work for SUBTROPICS, but we appreciate your thinking of us and wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,

The Editors”

6.23.12

Handwritten rejection from Oxford American!

2.6.12
So close, yet so far! The worst part is that the editor is right: it’s didactic.

“Dear Amos:

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, but we will not be publishing your submission, “Deepwater Horizon.” We wish you luck placing it elsewhere.

Some feedback from one of our editors, hoping it is helpful: Right from the start, I picked up a polemical/didactic tone that’s sustained throughout. There were brief, beautiful flickers of characterization — my absolute favorite being the moment John speaks to his wife, Alice, who is in the bathroom, noting, “Alice somehow sounds closer through a door”; gorgeous and achingly honest! — but the piece felt imbalanced in that sense.

Thanks very much for your interest in HFR – we hope you’ll submit to us again!

Sincerely,
The Editors
Hayden’s Ferry Review”