Yesterday I was thrilled to receive a rejection from Smokelong Quarterly. It probably seems a little strange to be thrilled over a rejection, but this rejection was particularly nice because the editor took the time to say that there was some strong writing in my story. Most lit mags send out a basic form rejection letter, and who can blame them? Many receive hundreds of submissions a month and to write a personal rejection for each one would be insane. Editors wouldn't actually have time to produce a single issue of a magazine because they would be too busy writing emails. So when an editor is moved enough to give an author a specific comment on their work, it's definitely a good thing.
I have been rejected by Smokelong Quarterly a lot. It's probably an embarrassing number of times, really. But they are a quality lit mag, and I know I have some stiff competition. This particular rejection gives me hope though. I feel like I am getting closer.
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