Rejection, rejection, rejection...

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  1. deadrats

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    I kind of regretted saying this right after I posted. I'm just frustrated. The year started out great and then it was over and everything was rejected. I've got a few that haven't been submitted and need a little TLC, but then I think I'll try Threepenny with them. And then I might ask again what's the point.
     
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    A 107-day rejection from The Georgia Review.
     
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    Well, not sure if anyone is reading this now but I just had a message informing me that Tin House magazine was closing. I'm assuming that all submissions in process are rejected due to this fact, submission manager had this message also.
    Anyway, thought I'd post this.
     
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    Are you sure the magazine is closing? I did ‘google.’
     
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    'Dear writers,

    For those who haven't heard yet, we're sorry to be the bearers of the unfortunate news thatTin House magazine is closing. Over the past twenty years it has been an honor and pleasure to read the hundreds of thousands of short stories, poems, and essays that you and writers like you have submitted to us.

    We know sending out your work can conjure the specters of anxiety and self-doubt, and often feels thankless. And it's true: We will never be able to thank you enough for trusting us with your work, time and again, and we will miss the noble and daunting and delightful task of reading everything in front of us. We know that for you, the writing life continues, and we look forward to seeing your work wherever it may appear next.

    For those of you honing your craft, the Tin House Workshops continue to offer an expanding array of classes. Tin House Books will carry on, publishing more and more titles in the years to come. And Tin House will always be an online home for original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

    Thank you, one more time, for reading, for submitting, and for tirelessly tackling the difficult, important work of making art.

    Gratefully,

    The Editors at Tin House'

    That's a direct copy from my email.
     
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    Golly. We need ‘context.’
     
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    From me or from them?
    Actually thinking about it not how I could...
     
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    From the US.

    I ‘perceived’ Tin H as top 2nd tier.

    But maybe there’s some narrative where they published earnest dross & the subs were flakey (old sense)?

    I dunno :/
     
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    Hard to know isn't it, without inside knowledge. Top two? Serious...they did take an age to respond from what DR said, whether that was a symptom we'll never know I guess.
     
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    Hard to tell. As the British mag I know a little about - as the editors turned 35 to 45 they diversified to publishing...same way TH is focussing on books?
     
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    From magazine publishing to what, book publishing?
    From the frying pan to the fire?
    Who are TH?
     
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    Tin House, grandad...
    X
     
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    Sorry, it's getting late, that's my excuse lol.
     
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    Well Strange have passed on my latest, I actually didn't think it would make it this far, it's been well over a month.
    That's me done submitting for a while, I'm getting down to writing.
     
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    A 209-day personal rejection from Slice Magazine.
     
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    Sheesh, there must be so many of these magazines. I guess you are just submitting to US mags?
     
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    Nothing great - but I pulled my finger out yesterday after my "depression" [in the inverted commas] and posted the dog sex on to a publisher seeking alliance .

    & the NYC reading thing sent me a 'receipt' - woo - but then I read that one - and it was one of the best things I've ever read, so I'm thinking they'll be the same & fly me to New York?

    Crappy London mag still have my old death memoir to re-publish so that'll be mmmm in a month or so.

    AND because we've become temporarily embarrassed jobswise [temporary and tragic] the government are paying my rent. It's the happiest day of the year to date. I'm thinking maybe just be always unemployed? The job centre wasn't too bleak and I said I was a 'writer.' I'm only accepting writer jobs at 80k minimum, the last word on the matter..
     
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    I'm not even going to ask...

    Yeah, you go dude, 80k sounds about right. They'll probably get you a job writing some old cronies memoirs, she got to all kinds of things when she was a young thing!
     
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    They were advertising for that exact job - but it looked scammy [sp]. No salary mentioned.
     
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    Really? I was only joking, but no salary is a bit suspect.
     
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    I suppose it's some sort of partnership percentage where I draw up my own portfolio of old fellas and write up their war/pot orgy stories for the grandchildren..
     
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    I regularly try a few outside the US. Granta is based in the UK. Room and Gain are Canadian publications. But most of them are in the US. So, I guess you could say I'm internationally rejected. I believe Granta is opening to submissions again later this month. They do charge a small fee to submit which I hate, but this is one I'll pay to try and send my best work to. Maybe you should try them or at least check them out. They are a good and solid publication. Getting in there would be a dream.

    I got a bunch of rejections in December when I thought it would be a quiet month. Didn't post about them because I needed a forum break. But I do like our little rejection thread. I'm going to try and pop back in as I get rejected. Last year I was rejected over 100 times. Last year I also sent out 149 submissions. Trying hard and writing all the time. Here's hoping 2019 is a great publishing year for all of us. I think selling at least two stories would be a great year. In my years of short story writing I've had one great year, but boy was it great. I also think that all the rejection is worth it when a story finally does sell.

    @Krispee -- Keep sending your stuff out. You are an awesome writer with some killer stories. PM or email me if you want any help finding places to submit. You should try The Threepenny Review. They just opened to submissions again and they are super quick to respond. Also, free to submit. The only thing is they don't take simultaneous submissions. But, really, you should get a response within a week. If it takes longer, it's probably a good sign. I know someone who published with them. I believe the pay is decent.
     
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    These days the spicier the better I suppose.
    I was going to re-write the couple of stories that have been read that I haven't submitted to anywhere, one especially to focus on the science fiction area specifically. One of the mags does actually mention that they don't get enough sci-fi so I wanted to just focus my writing a little on that.
    I will try your three penny mag with my Funnel story.
     
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    Writing and rejection are easy. It's life that's hard.
     

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