So, I have this short story I've been working on and holding off on submitting in an effort to really make this one shine. Not too long ago I pulled this baby back up and went to town on it. I wrote it with my favorite publication in mind. It's a journal I've read regularly for years so I feel like I sort of get what they look for. I was finally feeling good about it. Almost ready to submit. I decided to send it to a few writer friends I know from my MFA days. We do occasionally show each other work but not first draft stuff. It's more like a final checkpoint for a piece we feel good about before it's out on submission. Now, I know people get busy and life happens. But I sent this story to a half a dozen friends and no one has gotten back to me. It's been a few weeks and these friends never take so long and have never not responded. But all I've got is silence. From all of them with the exception that they received it. One friend said she would get comments to me soon didn't say anything else about it. And I would say it's a little past soon. Did I mistakenly take this to be my best work? I sort of feel like no one wants to hurt my feelings or there's something like that going on. When I sent this story to friends I did mention that I thought it was some of my best work and I was excited to submit it. My friend group knows the pitfalls of submitting too early so we've kind of helped each other out where that's concerned. I'm feeling a little embarrassed by my story. I don't know how else to take the silence. I don't feel like it's worth pestering anyone over what just might be a bad story. I will have to wait some time before I can show them anything again since that's sort of how we operate anyway. I really thought this one was worth running by these friends. I'll be seeing a few of them next month. I'm kind of hoping no one even mentions my story at this point. I'm taking the group silence to mean my friends all had similar reactions and maybe didn't know how to tell me it just wasn't good. How do you take it when the response to your writing is met with silence? Ever fail to get a response from several beta readers/friends at the same time? At this point I'm not even sure the story is worth submitting. How could I have been so wrong? I've been wrong about my writing many times, but it's always a bit of a shock. It sucks to be wrong.