on submissions

At the moment, I have six short stories that I consider ready for publication. It’s entirely unpredictable which does and doesn’t get attention. The story that was published in The Gettysburg Review was one of my most criticized at BU. I had low expectations for it. Stories that I expected more from have been rejected by a dozen magazines already. C’est la vie.

It’s a discouraging process, but I have learned not to take it personally. Every time I click “submit” or hand a stack of crisp yellow envelopes across the counter to the postman, new possibilities arise. Here’s hoping this round will be fruitful. I have a list of about 15 more magazines to submit to once their reading periods open in September.

Current Stats:

Story #1: 12 rejections, currently with 6 magazines, some nice personalized comments from editors

Story #2: 11 rejections, currently with 6 magazines

Story #3: 5 rejections, currently with 4 magazines, some nice personalized comments from editors, request to see more of my work

Story #4: 8 rejections, currently with 3 magazines, request to see more of my work

Story #5: 4 rejections, currently with 2 magazines

Story #6: 0 rejections, currently with 3 magazines

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