Essays, Misc

Submitting to the Submission Process

So I’m submitting again. Short stories. Yes! I can’t wait for the rejections to come flying my way!


Okay, truth be told I stopped submitting for that reason, actually. Yes, it’s lame. Yes, it’s defeatist. But I’m just human and the string of “No’s” was getting brutal. Like, “I suck at this!” brutal.

So why have I started back up? Well, with the help of my new writing group and after a year of growth as a writer I feel like I have something better to offer. Old stories are being given new life as I go over them with fresh perspective and a new skill set I didn’t have before. And I suppose I’m curious to see what kind of reaction I get this time around.

Probably more “No’s” but I won’t know for sure until I try. πŸ™‚

25 thoughts on “Submitting to the Submission Process

  1. I’m proud of you. Dyane! You’re getting back on that horse, and you’re going to ride into the sunset with it eventually πŸ˜‰

    But you may have a few more mountains to cross first, danget.


  2. A fair amount of the time, short story rejections are not about you or the story, but the market. Sometimes, editors are too pressed for time to tell us that in their form letters, but your story may be too similar to one they’ve already accepted, or it’s well-written, but just not right for that particular market.

    Part of the thrill of submitting for me is finding the perfect market for my story before that fourth and fifth and sixth rejection. It’s a challenge I take on wholeheartedly. Market analysis can be fun.

    Good on you for submitting again. I’m sure you’ll place your stories.


  3. My local writing group has a competition called ‘Rejectomancy’. The idea is to set a goal for the number of rejections you hope to accrue in a year, and try and exceed it. The purpose is twofold: immunize yourself to rejections, and submit as much as you can in order to get stuff out there. Every rejection is a badge of honor.


  4. Hey, I wish I had half the back catalogue of completed short story material that you have to work with. Sometimes it’s harder to invest in writing good short form stories than it is to write another chapter of a novel, because the novel feels like a bigger, and more worthy, project. But short stories are growing in importance with the rise of flash fiction and digital media, and if you look back through history they were always prominent in the collections of noted writers.

    Short stories are like a job resume: you tailor them to each submission. But if they still fail, you can always stick ’em on your website to create more eye candy to hook the casual reader.

    Looking forward to seeing the results!


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