Posts Tagged ‘rejection notes’

Rejection notes – no.34 in a series

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Dear Edoardo Albert,

Thank you for submitting “The Hallowing of Hell” to […]. We appreciate having the chance to read it. Unfortunately, we have decided not to accept it for publication. It did make it to our final round of consideration, though, and we’d love to see more of your work in the future. We’ll be open to submissions again in July.



Rejection notes – no.32 in a series

Monday, October 31st, 2016


Another interesting rejection – so much more fun than the standard, this-didn’t-quite-grab-me letter (I’m looking at you, John Joseph Adams!).


I just finished with To Sail the Eden Sea. I’m sorry we won’t be offering it a place in our anthology.

The picture you paint with  your words is impressive. I could almost feel myself smelling the salt marsh. But what happened for me was that too many things were all going on so I wasn’t able to follow what was happening. House of wonder, dust, getting into a boat… god food.. too much all at once for a short story.

Rejection notes – no.31 in a series

Monday, October 17th, 2016


After many boring form rejection letters, which I’ve not bothered to include in this series (if I had, we’d be up to Rejection note no.432 by now), this one at least provides some interest.

Dear Edoardo,

Many thanks for sending “The Killing Knife” to […]. We’ve had a good look, and must opt not to include this piece in Issue III. Thematically, it would be quite a stretch for us to accept it. We did enjoy your writing style and historical detail.

We do hope your story will find a good home elsewhere, and that you’ll consider us again when sending our your work.


Rejection notes – no.30 in a series

Friday, April 22nd, 2016



Thanks so much for letting us consider your story “To Sail the Eden Sea.” While it made it to the final round of consideration, I’m afraid that we chose not to accept it. We had a lot of submissions and there were difficult decisions to be made. Best of luck placing it elsewhere.

Rejection notes – no.29 in a series

Monday, November 9th, 2015


Throwing this one open to comment. Now, last Friday I received this email (incriminating information removed):

Dear Edoardo Albert,
Thank you for submitting “The God Star” to […] for consideration. I really liked it, and have sent it along to the Editors-in-Chief for further consideration. You should be hearing from them soon, one way or the other.


Submissions Editor, […]

By this point in my career, I’ve had enough experience to know not to get too excited when receiving emails like this, but even so, I think the follow-up, a couple of days later, was pretty poor.

Hello, Edoardo.

Thank you for submitting “The God Star” to […]. Unfortunately it’s not what we’re looking for at this time. Best of luck.
Warm regards,



Sure, it’s their magazine, they can publish whatever they want, but I think, after the first email, a little more by way of explanation in the second would not have been out of place – even it was only to say that they’ve run similar stories or they’re moving the magazine in a different direction.

What do you think? Am I being over sensitive or is this just another example of the lack of regard in which writers are held?

Rejection notes – no.26 in a series

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Quite an interesting one here, with some comments on the story. Since another rejection is just as likely to make completely contrary points, I probably won’t change the tale as yet – it’s not been through the rounds yet!

Dear Edoardo Albert,

Thank you for letting us read The First King Of All The Earth. Unfortunately, it does not meet our needs at this time.

As far as fables go, this isn’t a bad one. I thought it might turn into a speculative Tower of Babel story, but I’m glad it didn’t. The writing itself was sparse but straightforward, the story came to a predictable but solid climax.

I’m not sure if there’s enough depth here, though. I enjoyed it, and it tried for some greater meaning with the comments about the king’s descendants, but in the end, everyone in the story got what they wanted, with little struggle. They instituted slavery, the king kept knowledge from the star…but nothing came of it.

Rejection notes – no.25 in a series

Thursday, July 31st, 2014


My apologies: I’ve received quite a lot of rejection notes and failed to commemorate them on here, for the simple reason that they’ve all been too boring to be worth mentioning – come on, editors, think up some more interesting ways of saying no! But, just to let you know that they’ve been coming in steadily, here’s my most recent rejection note. Enjoy.

Hi Edoardo

Many thanks of your submission but I’m afraid it has to be a no from me this time however please do send in more of your work at a later date. And apologies for taking so long to reply but we have been overwhelmed with submissions and it has taken me longer than anticipated to deal with them.

Rejection notes – no.19 in a series

Monday, November 18th, 2013

One of the most interesting rejection notes I’ve received. This was a story I wrote many years ago and I suspect the criticisms are quite accurate – it’s just a question of whether I have the time to revisit and rewrite the story.


Thanks for sending me your story “Immortal Longings”, unfortunately it is not quite right for [...].
An interesting idea and well written, but it was far too drawn out with little plot (beyond the guessing who was who). I’m afraid the ending did not come as a surprise, and as the whole story seemed to lead to that twist ending it was disappointing. I felt your story sometimes confused the novel and film version of a character (Rhett Butler?), as if it actually was an actor being cast in a part. I had hoped there would be more of a plot, like a murder of a character to be investigated by Sam Spade or something. A new story populated by old characters. The background is promising, but, for me needs more excitement and action, not just talking and guessing games. I also wonder what happens to characters who have had ‘parts’ but are now out of copyright?

Please bear in mind that this is only my opinion. I hope the comments help, if not there are many other editors with different opinions and tastes.

I wish you all success in placing your story elsewhere.

Rejection notes – no.18 in a series

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

And this is from a first-rate magazine.

Dear Edoardo Albert,

Thank you for your submission to […]. I thought your story had its strong points, including an interesting concept, but ultimately I didn’t think this was quite right for us. The voice, here, didn’t seem to be what we’re looking for: something lyrical, while being understated and emotive. I’m going to have to pass on this, but I wish you the best of luck placing your story elsewhere.


Rejection notes – no.17 in a series

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I’m getting more encouraging rejection notes – see no.17 and no.18 in the series.

Hi Edoardo,

Thank you for submitting to […]. We regret to inform you that “Plausible Deniability” was not selected for publication in Issue #16. We received an abundance of submissions and had to make some very hard decisions. We liked your story very much and are certain it will find/has found a home. We welcome any future submissions to […].

Thanks again for letting us read your work.