Summer 2022 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Uncharted, Epiphany, Hobart, Boulevard, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2022 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 rejections I collected from June 2022 – August 2022.

I’ve decided to remove the number of days it took to hear back. Does it really matter how slow or fast any given opportunity is? It doesn’t change that a “no” is still a “no” or if I’ll submit again if they encourage me to. Goodbye, stress-inducing numbers.

Encouraging Rejection from Uncharted Mag

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending “Terminus” for consideration in Uncharted. We really enjoyed your story, but we’re sorry this isn’t the right story for us right now. We did find much to admire in your work, though, and we hope you’ll send us more to consider soon.

Sincerely,

Tommy Dean

Uncharted Mag

Rejection from The Masters Review

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “Evertour” for consideration in The Masters Review. We appreciate that you thought of us when submitting your work. However, I’m afraid this submission isn’t a good fit for us at this time. I wish you luck in placing this piece elsewhere soon.

Best,

Cole Meyer

The Masters Review

Rejection from Short Story Substack

Hello, 

Unfortunately, your submission to shortstory.substack.com was not picked as this month’s winner. That being said, please feel free to submit for the coming months as submissions are rolling throughout the year. 

Remember, a rejection this month doesn’t mean a rejection in future months, and the prize money only gets bigger. 

Thanks, 

Mike 

Encouraging Rejection from Nimrod International Journal

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us your work. We appreciate the chance to read it, but, unfortunately, we will not be publishing your submission at this time.

You can be assured that your work has been read by editors who are dedicated to making thoughtful and aesthetically sensitive decisions—editors who wish they could publish all the sincere and well-crafted work that is submitted to Nimrod.  

Again, thank you for your submission. We would be happy to receive new work from you in the future. 

Best,

Eilis O’Neal

Editor-in-Chief

Nimrod International Journal

Rejection from Epiphany

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for submitting your work, “Evertour.” Regretfully, we cannot find a place for it in our upcoming issue, but we wish you the best of luck placing it elsewhere.

At Epiphany we are committed to evaluating every submission we receive thoughtfully and respectfully. Many issues factor into every decision we make either to publish a piece or pass on it, from its consonance or dissonance with other work we’ve accepted to the simple issue of personal preference, which cannot be anything but subjective. To familiarize yourself with the work we do (and some of the work we’ve loved best), please consider subscribing to the journal at http://epiphanyzine.com.

We value long relationships with the writers and artists who entrust us with their work, and hope you’ll keep us in mind for other submissions in the future. Until then, do join our communities on 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/epiphanylit

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…and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/epiphanylitmag

Thanks again and we hope that you are staying safe and sane out there and that all is well for you and yours!

Sincerely,

The Editors

Rejection from Flash Fiction Online

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for considering Flash Fiction Online for “duskwing.” 

Unfortunately, we have decided not to accept this story.  We wish you the best of luck finding a home for it.

Sincerely,

Flash Fiction Online

Encouraging Rejection from The Missouri Review

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

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

Sincerely,

The Editors

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Announcing the 32nd annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize! Learn more and submit your poems or prose piece here: https://www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/. Want to stay up to date with the latest from TMR? Subscribe at https://www.missourireview.com/the-missouri-review-newsletter-sign-up/

For over 40 years, the Missouri Review’s mission has been to discover, publish, and celebrate the best writing of the day. Submissions are open year-round; find helpful guidelines here: https://www.missourireview.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe, either in print or digital. Learn more here: https://www.missourireview.com/store/

2022-06-29 17:34:01 (GMT -5:00)

Encouraging Rejection from Uncanny Magazine

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for submitting “Terminus” to Uncanny Magazine for consideration. Unfortunately, we’re going to pass on this one. It just didn’t work for us.

We look forward to reading further submissions from you.

Best,

The Uncanny Magazine Editors

Rejection from The Puritan

Thank you again for submitting your work to The Puritan, Issue 58: Summer 2022.

As you might imagine, our small team of volunteer readers is forced to select an extremely small number of works from the hundreds of great submissions we receive each quarter. Submissions for this issue were once again excellent. Although we have to pass on your submission this time around, we’re truly grateful that you thought to send it our way.

We wish you best of luck in your future writing!

Sincerely,

The Puritan Editorial Staff

Encouraging Rejection from Apex Magazine

Dear Arthur,

Thank you for submitting “Terminus” to Apex Magazine. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the story does not meet our needs at this time. We’re going to pass.

We wish you the best of luck finding a home for “Terminus” and hope to read something new from you soon.

Sincerely,

Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner
Chief Editors 
Apex Magazine 

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Encouraging Rejection from CHEAP POP

Hi Arthur. 

A sincere thanks for sending us “Anagrams for Our Yesterdays”—it means so much you’d trust us with your work. While we greatly appreciated the chance to read this, unfortunately, it’s not the right fit for us at this time. 

Thanks for bearing with us—this was a substantially larger submissions cycle for this special issue than we thought we’d get, so it’s taken longer than anticipated to read and consider all pieces. But please note that we are just one journal and editing tastes and needs are so subjective—we hope you find a good home for this elsewhere and that you consider submitting to us again during our next submissions cycle.

Again, thank you for sending this.

Sincerely, 

Rob

Encouraging Rejection from Pleiades

Dear Arthur Klepchukov:

Thank you for submitting your work to Pleiades. Although we will not be publishing your work this time around, we want you to know that we took a special interest in it, and we encourage you to submit to us again in the future. 

Sincerely,

The Editors 
Pleiades

2022-08-16 11:45:31 (GMT -5:00)

Rejection from Boulevard

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you very much for sending “Verdant Heaven” to Boulevard. Although it was not selected for publication, we’re glad you thought of us. Good luck placing this with another magazine.

Sincerely,

The Editors

Boulevard
www.boulevardmagazine.org

Encouraging Rejection from Hobart

Dear Arthur Klepchukov,

Thank you for sending us “encircled.” We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, this one isn’t a match for us. That said, it is strong, interesting piece and I both wish you luck with it and encourage you to submit again.

Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Kimberly Bliss
Hobart


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