Random Rejection: Pulp Magazine

This week’s rejection “letter” can’t really be called a letter.  To me, it looks more like a sign that you might see posted on the telephone pole outside your house advertising a garage sale, except in this case, it’s advertising that your submission will not be appearing in Pulp Magazine.

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I unfortunately have no idea what I had submitted to Pulp Magazine, because (being on Linux now) I can’t open my old Microsoft Access Manuscript Tracking database to look it up.  See what happens when you use a proprietary format to store your data?  The next time I write a manuscript tracking application, it will be in Java with a MySQL back-end …

Anyway, even though I don’t know what I submitted, I do appreciate Clancy at least pretending that my story had a 95% chance of being good to excellent and/or wonderful.  It somewhat softens the blow of a 36-point font telling me “This is a rejection slip.”

Well, okay, not really.

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8 Comments

  1. Sorry to hear about the rejection letter. I have to admit, the huge font and the excuse for not commenting further on your work cracked me up. I think it would make a great addition to your local telephone pole. The world of publishing is a strange place.

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  2. That’s pretty hardcore! I love that because of “time constraints” the gentleman can’t comment any more. Isn’t this just a photo copy of an obviously generic letter? Doesn’t it take just as much time to make a copy of a short, single-page letter as a long one? But at least you didn’t have to take any extra time to read a longer, dumber and headache-inducing rejection.

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  3. I think less of mags that get creative with their rejection letters. Trying too hard to be cute. Makes me wonder how hard they “try” to be good with their magazines, and if they’re more concerned with being “cool” and trendy than they are with the real quality of the work they accept.

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