Random Rejection: OMNI Magazine

This week I reached into my folder and pulled out a rejection from OMNI magazine:


If you’re going to get rejected, you could definitely do worse than getting rejected by Ellen Datlow.  Although I never did get into OMNI magazine, my old website did receive an OMNIVISION award wayyyyy back in the 1990s.  This site no longer exists, of course, but you can see it on the Wayback Machine on those days when it’s functioning properly.  And although I never got into any of Ellen Datlow’s anthologies, either, I did manage to score a mention in the 15th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror collection:


Given how many other books are listed here this isn’t necessarily such a big deal, but I’ll take what I can get.

Don’t forget, this is the last week to vote for the book from which the July Scene-Of-The-Month will be taken!  It looks like my unfinished werewolf book The Wolf is way out ahead now — can anything catch it?  We’ll find out!

6 thoughts on “Random Rejection: OMNI Magazine

  1. Now that I’m editing a journal, I’m recognizing the value and the necessity of a form rejection letter. It would really take forever and ever to personalize each one with comments on the submitted – and rejected – story.

    And I think it’s pretty cool that you got a mention in the “Best” collection.

    Jim says: I’ve never had a particular problem with form rejection letters, other than that it’s difficult to create an interesting “Random Rejection” post around them. I do think, though, that form letters should refrain from offering generic, broad-stroke advice, which can come across as patronizing, as the infamous L. Perkins Agency rejection letter from a few months ago did. A simple letter like this one from OMNI is best.


  2. That rejection really was generic. Do you even remember what you submitted?

    I finished Dragon Stones this week and found it an extremely enjoyable read. Thanks for not “making it pretty.” I really appreciated the realistic outcomes and fates that didn’t hinge on a person’s relative moral status. (I hate it when authors use deux ex machina to save characters simply because the characters are innocent/moral/good.) And I think stories are more exciting when you truly don’t know whether the main character(s) is(are) going to survive. Dragon Stones was excellent in that respect. Thank you!

    Jim says: Nah, I couldn’t tell you what it was I submitted to OMNI. When I used Windows, I kept track of submissions in a database that I wrote, but I don’t have access to it anymore. Though I suppose I could bring it in to work and run it there …

    Thank you for the kind comments about Dragon Stones. It’s my personal favorite of the books I’ve written. And trust me, you don’t ever need to worry that I’m going to let a character live just because they might deserve to. 😉


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