I was blessed by an editor as he rejected a story this week.
Thanks for the submission, we've decided to pass on its publication. This is no reflection on your talent as a writer. It just doesn't fit our current publication needs.
Blessings and thanks,
I thought that was rather pleasant. I felt blessed and things. Then looked up the sub to cross it out, and lo...t'was sent in August 2007. Ten months? Isn't that a wee bit long for a short story submission? Unpaying too...
Then I went and read one of my favourite blogs, Literary Rejections on Display. (Although ironically, even he rejected me... having asked for answers to some questions, that was the end of that, they never appeared on the blog, and no reply to a query...... but it's still a good honest blog. Only no one says who they are. Well, apart from a few idiots, like me!)
Anyway. I read about a sumbmission to somewhere called Salamander... sent in November 2006 and rejected recently, with the standard line does not fit our requirements at this time. The writer wrote back to ask whether the time referred to was 2006 or 2008!
LITERARY REJECTIONS ON DISPLAY HERE