April Submission Blitz – Misfortune

April 20, 2014 at 2:59 am (writing) (, , , , , )

The only thing worse than a nasty rejection is an immediate response to an e-mail telling me a venue is no longer open to submissions when all other evidence says otherwise. When that happens, I feel as though I’ve put in all the effort of preparing the submission only to have completely wasted my time. I’d rather put up with having a snowball’s chance in hell, and failing, then no hope at all.

But I do count this as one of my submissions towards my goal because I did jump through the submission hoops that would have been required if they had actually been open (they should update their website – their response e-mail states they closed to new submissions on March 7) and I did actually submit the story, I just got a “sorry, we’re closed” e-mail back automatically. I’ve actually gotten rejection letters back almost as fast from venues that were open, so I figure this isn’t that different. I put in the work, after all.

I’m starting to scrape the bottom of what I have available to submit. I’ll be retracting a few year old submissions soon to make up the difference. Only 11 more days to go.

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