My first rejection letter

Canelli got his first rejection letter back in October, and I got mine last week.

Dear Writer:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to read your story. We regret that we are not able to make a personal reply or give criticism on returned manuscripts. The large number of submissions we receive makes it impossible to do so. We can assure you, however, that your work has been given careful consideration. Unfortunately, it does not meet our present needs.

We wish you the best of luck in placing your work with another magazine.

The Editors
Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

The story was called The Adventures of Detective Nicene Creed and Professor Oullet, and, honestly, it’ll probably never get published.  It’s one of those joke short stories I’m so good at farting out in a hurry.  But I’ve submitted it to five different places: this Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, the Hopkins Review, Cicada (don’t ask), a Glimmer Train short story fiction contest, and some other contest having to do with a law journal (another “don’t ask”).  I don’t expect any of them to accept it for publication.

I’ve got another piece in the works now that I’m hoping will get published.  It’s much stronger that this Nicene Creed story, and my writing class instructor was incredibly gracious in agreeing to review it with an eye towards getting it published.  I’ll get her revisions back tomorrow night, and then, hopefully, within the next six months you’ll be able to read it in The New Yorker or The Paris Review.



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