I got started submitting to online magazines way before they became mainstream, and had a number of short stories published by e-zines. E-scape, however, was not one of them, as they declined to accept my short story “Comfort”.
This is of course a form letter, but on closer inspection, it is actually quite a good rejection. The impersonal “Contributor” is crossed out and replaced with my name, and there are extensive comments. This is what I like to call a “rework and resubmit” rejection. But I never did; as per usual, I liked my story the way it was, and continued to submit it elsewhere.
Ultimately, “Comfort” was picked up by Amazon.com as part of their “Amazon Shorts” program, which sells stories, not underwear. I have a feeling Amazon would be less than amused if I posted the story here, so unfortunately, this one is not going to appear on the blog for a while. You can read a (very) short excerpt on my Short Stories page, though.
By the way, am I the only one who finds it odd that an electronic magazine sent me back a hard copy rejection?