Summer 2018 Rejections: One Story, VQR, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, AGNI, Narrative, ZYZZYVA, and More Literary Journals

by Arthur Klepchukov

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2018 edition.

Sharing rejections shares the effort behind submissions and makes celebrating acceptances even sweeter. What kind of literary journal rejections are you seeing? On the road to publication, why not “publish” the rejections themselves?

Here are the various rejections I collected from June 2018 – August 2018.

Encouraging Rejection from One Story

60-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov:

Thank you for sending us “Nevernight”. We really enjoyed this piece, but we didn’t feel it was right for One Story.

We hope that you will continue to send us your work.

Sincerely,

The Editors of One Story

 

Rejection from Strange Horizons

8-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for submitting “Glimmering Sidewalks” to Strange Horizons, but we’ve decided not to accept it for publication.

We appreciate your interest in our magazine.

Sincerely,

–Alex Stanmyer

First Reader, Strange Horizons
fiction@strangehorizons.com
Submission guidelines: http://www.strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/

Rejection from Virginia Quarterly Review

319-day response time (yes, that slow)

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “within & without,” and for being so patient in waiting for a response. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit our needs at this time. We wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,
The Editors
Virginia Quarterly Review

Encouraging Rejection from Fantasy & Science Fiction

1-day response time (yes, that fast)

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read “Glimmering Sidewalks.” Unfortunately, this story didn’t win me over and I’m going to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction. But I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it and hope that you’ll keep us in mind in the future.

Best regards,

C.C. Finlay, Editor
Fantasy & Science Fiction
fandsf.com | @fandsf

Encouraging Rejection from Narrative

70-day response time

Dear art van kilmer:

Thank you for sending your work to Narrative. We are always grateful for the opportunity to review new material, and we have given “furl & unfurl” close attention and careful consideration. We found many strengths to recommend your work and, overall, much to admire. We regret, however, that “furl & unfurl” is not quite right for us. We encourage you try us again in the future, and we hope that you will.

Sincerely,

The Editors

Encouraging Rejection from The Missouri Review

63-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for letting us consider “The Price of Chivalry” for publication in the Missouri Review. We enjoyed reading it, and though it doesn’t quite fit our needs at this time, we hope we will have the chance to read more of your writing in the future.

Sincerely,

The Editors

Encouraging Rejection from 100 Word Story

36-day response time

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for sending us “lying is the girl”. We appreciate the chance to read it because we believe that making art is such a daring, wonderful act.

It’s difficult for us because despite the number of great pieces we receive, many of them don’t quite fit into our editorial needs. We’re glad you thought of us, though, and hope that you’ll submit again. We receive too many manuscripts to make individual comment possible, but we do wish you luck in placing this with another magazine.

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

Sincerely,
100 Word Story

P.S. Please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/100-Word-Story/213141275370389) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/100word_story).

I did in fact, get this piece published in KYSO Flash.

Encouraging Rejection from Glimmer Train

77-day response time

Dear Arthur,

Although “furl & unfurl” did not place in the March/April 2018 Very Short Fiction contest, we enjoyed the read. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing more of your work!

Best regards,

Susan & Linda
Glimmer Train Press

Rejection from AGNI

85-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov:

Thank you for sending “furl & unfurl.” After careful consideration, we’ve decided against publishing this submission. However, our staff is available to read anytime between September 1st and May 31st. Feel free to upload another submission through your account at agnimagazine.org.

Kind regards, The Editors

P.S. Without submissions like yours, we’d lose the sense of discovery that keeps AGNI fresh. Please click here for a discounted subscription rate offered as a thank-you to our submitters: [ link redacted ]

________________________________

AGNI Magazine
Sven Birkerts, Editor
William Pierce, Senior Editor

Encouraging Rejection from The Chattahoochee Review

35-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thanks so much for sending along your work for our consideration. We’ve given it careful attention and appreciate your interest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a fit for us this time. We receive many more fine submissions than we can publish; therefore, our decision is not a reflection of your work’s quality, and we wish you the best in placing it elsewhere. If you believe your work is right for us again sometime in the future, we hope to see it!

Meantime, keep writing!

All the best,
The Editorial Staff of The Chattahoochee Review

Rejection from Slice Literary

94-day response time

Dear Arthur:

Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to consider “WINC-FM” for Slice. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we aren’t able to respond to each submission personally. Unfortunately, your piece isn’t the best fit for our upcoming issue and so we’re passing. We wish you success placing it in the right home and hope you’ll consider submitting to Slice again in the future.

Best wishes,

The Editors
http://www.slicemagazine.org

Rejection from SmokeLong Quarterly

5-day response time

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for your submission of “Glimmering Sidewalks” to SmokeLong Quarterly. We gave the story careful consideration, and though we are not accepting it for publication, we hope you find a better fit for it elsewhere.

Thanks again for trusting us with your work, and thank you for reading SmokeLong Quarterly.

All the best,
Editors
SmokeLong Quarterly
http://smokelong.com

Rejection from Hobart

18-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “Duskwing.” We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us.

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

Sincerely,
Timothy Taylor
Hobart

Rejection from New Flash Fiction Review

11-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you so much for submitting your work to New Flash Fiction Review.

Although this work does not fit with our upcoming issue, we want to let you know that we were grateful for the opportunity to read it, and we wish you the very best in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,
New Flash Fiction Review Editors

 

Rejection from Epiphany

67-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for submitting your work “within & without.” While it doesn’t fit the needs of our current issue, our editors enjoyed reading it. We wish you luck in placing it elsewhere.

Sincerely,
The Editors of Epiphany

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Encouraging Rejection from CRAFT

69-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “fresh scar” for consideration in CRAFT. While we enjoyed reading your work, I’m sorry to say it isn’t a good fit for us at this time. It is clear you are a talented writer, and your story stood out from the group. However, we receive so many submissions that, in the end, we have to reject a lot of excellent pieces.

As writers ourselves, our editors know that the process of sending out work can be a long one. We are grateful that you chose to share your writing with us; your piece was read with great admiration and care. We wish you the best of luck with it, and we hope that you will keep us in mind for future submissions. Please do consider sending us more.

Sincerely,
Editors,
CRAFT

Rejection from Pidgeonholes

1-day response time (yes, that fast)

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for submitting “Counting” to Pidgeonholes. We gave the piece careful consideration, and while we are not accepting it for publication, we hope you find a better fit for it elsewhere.

Many thanks for trusting us with your work.

Kindest regards,

Cathy Ulrich
Fiction Editor, Pidgeonholes

 

Encouraging Rejection from Palooka

21-day response time

Hey Art,

It’s great to see your work come through! Thanks for giving me the chance to read “WINC-FM.” A strong voice and line here, but I just didn’t feel this one. I hope to see more of your writing [ personal details redacted ]

All best,
Jonathan Starke, Editor
http://palookamag.com/submit

Encouraging Rejection from Longleaf Review

10-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for submitting “Duskwing” to Longleaf Review. We appreciate the chance to read your work. Unfortunately, this piece isn’t for us, though we sincerely hope you have luck submitting it elsewhere. Please don’t hesitate to submit to us again in the future, as we’d like to see more of your work.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Lachapelle
Longleaf Review

Rejection from Wigleaf

140-day response time

Dear Arthur,

We’re passing but thanks so much for giving us a chance here.

All best,
Wigleaf

Rejection from Indiana Review

168-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov:

We have carefully considered your submission, “Nevernight,” and regret that we do not have a place for it in Indiana Review. We appreciate your support and wish you luck placing your work elsewhere.

The Editors

2018-08-19 22:58:10 (GMT -4:00)

Encouraging Rejection from Abyss & Apex

20-day response time

Dear Art,

Thank you for submitting “Glimmering Sidewalks” to ABYSS & APEX. Unfortunately, we have decided not to accept it for publication.

I wish you the best success in placing your story elsewhere, and hope to see more of your work.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Hull, Assistant Flash Editor

ABYSS & APEX

http://www.abyssapexzine.com/

Encouraging Rejection from Monkeybicycle

71-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “[ six-word story redacted ]”. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, it’s not quite right for Monkeybicycle so we’re going to pass. Do feel free to send us more of your work though.

Thanks again, and best of luck finding a home for this piece.

Sincerely,

Monkeybicycle Staff

Rejection from The Georgia Review

107-day response time

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

We are sorry to report that your manuscript has not been selected for publication. We thank you for letting us consider your writing, however, and we wish you the best in placing it elsewhere.

The editors of The Georgia Review
http://thegeorgiareview.com

 

Encouraging Rejection from ZYZZYVA

218-day response time

2018-07-06 ZYZZYVA rejection

 


 

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