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The Writing of Arthur Klepchukov

Category: Rejection

Spring 2021 Rejections: The Common, The Cincinnati Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Rumpus, Upstreet, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2021 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 March 2021 – May 2021.

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Winter 2021 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Witness, Epiphany, Ruminate, SmokeLong Quarterly, 100 Word Story, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2021 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 December 2020 – February 2021.

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How a Neglected Setting Led to my Quietest Flash Fiction Publication

Photo of three-story, pastel-colored buildings with empty balconies by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash
Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash

Can flash fiction be a pensive cup of slowly sipped tea, among all the espresso shots of flash fiction? Pull up a chair on the balcony and let’s find out. My latest publication, “Imperfect Balconies,” appears in Nevermore Journal. The story is free to read online. Here is the opening:

Imperfect Balconies

When I lived in the hushed city, I spent countless lonely hours seeking company on my balcony. On move-in day, sunlight poured in through the glass wall panorama, golden and warm like a fresh cup my fingers could cuddle. This balcony glowed. A welcoming box that peeked out at hundreds of other balconies, possibilities, lives. 

Read story online in Nevermore Journal

My efforts to get “Imperfect Balconies” published:

  • ~1,000 words
  • 2 drafts
  • 26 submissions
  • 21 rejections, 7 encouraging rejections, 2 never responded
  • 4 withdrawals

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s prolonged journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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“afterglow” and “Dialing Islands” Published in MacQueen’s Quinterly

afterglow photo by Leandra Niederhauser on Unsplash

Happy New Year! My latest flash fiction publications, “afterglow” and “Dialing Islands,” are published this morning in MacQueen’s Quinterly. Both are free to read online. Here are the openings of both stories:

afterglow

She wonders aloud what his orgasms are like. He lacks the clarity to inhabit what just happened, but he wants to try before the sweat dries. He shuts his eyes, and reopens them defiantly. No, darkness makes it easier to fill the void with anything but the present. And he wants to linger.

Read story online in MacQueen’s Quinterly, Issue 6

Dialing Islands

Clyde. I always call you first. Your home number was the second I memorized after my own. You sat atop all favorites on the speed dial of every phone I’ve owned. You’ll call back, even if I leave another empty voicemail. “Heeey, it’s Clyde. Leave a message at the…” Beep. I breathe. I can’t. Someone needs to listen.

Read story online in MacQueen’s Quinterly, Issue 6

How did these stories find a home?

My efforts for “afterglow”:

  • ~300 words
  • 1 draft
  • 8 submissions
  • 5 rejections, 1 encouraging rejection
  • 2 withdrawals

My efforts for “Dialing Islands”:

  • ~700 words
  • 2 drafts
  • 3 submissions
  • 1 rejection
  • 1 withdrawal

These are very lucky numbers; I have some stories at 30+ submissions and 5+ drafts. I chalk these publications to previously working with the talented and thoughtful editor, Clare MacQueen, and having a sense of what she might like. 

Read on about my process.

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Fall 2020 Rejections: AGNI, The Baltimore Review, CRAFT, Epiphany, Nimrod, Ruminate, Witness, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2020 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 September 2020 – November 2020.

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Awarded 3rd Place in Library Film Festival

aisles of ideas is a 2-minute short film that answers “what does the library mean to you?” Watch aisles of ideas below or on Vimeo:

The film premiered at the KCLS Reel Fest on Monday, September 28, 2020 and earned 3rd Place!

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Summer 2020 Rejections: The Missouri Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Granta, Catapult, Ninth Letter, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2020 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 2020 – August 2020.

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Spring 2020 Rejections: One Story, Narrative, Epiphany, Ruminate, Berkeley Fiction Review, Lumina, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2020 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 March 2020 – May 2020.

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Watch My “How to Submit Your Writing for Publication” Workshop from the 2020 Gaithersburg Book Festival

This year’s Gaithersburg Book Festival is entirely online. You can watch my free writing workshop below or on YouTube:

I cover the following submission topics in my workshop:

  • how submitting shorter writing benefits longer writing
  • why you should submit
  • what writing to submit
  • where to submit
  • how to submit
  • what to do while you wait for a response
  • handling rejections
  • when to revise & resubmit
  • giving up
  • how to get accepted and published

All of the mentioned resources are on Learn to Submit.

Happy submitting!

How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine

How do you say goodbye to a brief universe inside you? Find out in my latest flash fiction, “Glimmering Sidewalks,” published in the first zine from The Racket: Quarantine Journal.

What amount of effort went into getting “Glimmering Sidewalks” published?

  • 300 words
  • 2 drafts
  • 15 submissions
  • 14 rejections, 6 encouraging rejections

These numbers are on par with my other flash fiction publications.

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey to readers. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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Winter 2020 Rejections: Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Sun, The Oxford American, Epiphany, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2020 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 December 2019 – February 2020.

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Fall 2019 Rejections: Kenyon Review, Tin House Online, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Boulevard, Granta, Witness, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 2019 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 September 2019 – November 2019.

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How Long Did It Take for My First Submittable Acceptance to be Published?

From Whispers to Roars literary journal logo with hand shushing a lion

How much does chivalry really cost on a summer night where young ideals are alive and well? Find out the dollar answer and its unexpected justification in “The Price of Chivalry,” my most recent short story publication, available now in From Whispers to Roars: Volume 2, Issue 2.

What amount of effort went into getting “The Price of Chivalry” published?

  • 1,200 words
  • 5 drafts
  • 24 submissions
  • 19 rejections, 8 encouraging rejections
  • 3 withdrawals
  • 1 acceptance that didn’t involve publication

These numbers are on par with my other short stories, but larger than my relatively quick flash fiction publications.

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s prolonged journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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Summer 2019 Rejections: The New Yorker, Fantasy & Science Fiction, American Short Fiction, SmokeLong Quarterly, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 2019 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 2019 – August 2019. The list is shorter than my usual, which says more about how active I was in Winter and Spring. Summer does tend to be a time of fewer responses as many university-affiliated journals take a break.

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Spring 2019 Rejections: The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Spring 2019 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 March 2019 – May 2019.

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Winter 2019 Rejections: One Story, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Winter 2019 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 December 2018 – February 2019.

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Fall 2018 Rejections: Tin House, Ecotone, Crazyhorse, F&SF, Strange Horizons, and More Literary Journals

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Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Fall 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 September 2018 – November 2018.

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How Loathing Travel, Public Transit, a Tuscan Residency, 24 Rejections, and a Writing Conference Led to My First Published Short Story

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Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

What happens when a luggage thief picks the wrong target on the early-morning airport train? Dive into the mind of a snarky antagonist in “A Damn Fine Town,” my first short story publication, available now in Down & Out: The Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 4.

What amount of effort went into getting “A Damn Fine Town” published?

  • 1,600 words
  • 5 drafts
  • 26 submissions
  • 24 rejections, 4 encouraging rejections
  • 1 withdrawal

These are grueling numbers compared to how lucky I’ve been in earning relatively quick flash fiction publications.

I share blog posts like these because every story has a different journey. So if you’re in the doldrums between drafts or facing another rejection, may this encourage you. This process has taught me that publication is always more than one step away. Read on about this story’s journey and you may find what will get you over the next hump.

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

The Rejection Quarterly - sad boy

Welcome to The Rejection Quarterly, Summer 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.

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How a College Freewriting Prompt and Being Woken by a Downtown Songbird Led to My Shortest Publications

Small bird perched on wire in the city
Small bird perched on wire in the city

A brief conversation with a lone songbird in San Francisco. A vulnerable state before free fall. I explore these ideas in my latest flash fiction publications “Dawnsong” and “lying is the girl” out now in KYSO Flash, Issue 10 (Fall 2018).

What amount of effort went into getting these two stories published?

My statistics for “Dawnsong”:

  • 100 words
  • 1 draft (I know, I know, I’m surprised too)
  • 10 submissions
  • 6 rejections, 1 encouraging rejection
  • 3 withdrawals

My statistics for “lying is the girl”:

  • 100 words
  • 3 drafts
  • 6 submissions
  • 4 rejections, 2 encouraging rejections
  • 1 withdrawal

These are lucky numbers, especially given just one draft of “Dawnsong” and the small number of submissions of “lying is the girl.” Read on about my process.

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