Shimmer, NewMyths, Allegory, Flash Fiction Online, Electric Spec, Lovecraft eZine, Black Treacle, Silverthought, Bete Noire, Cemetery Moon, Wily Writers, Abyss & Apex, and Stupefying Stories … all pretty cool magazines, don’t you think? So what do they have in common? They have all shortlisted my stories for publication with comments like, ‘this almost made the cut,’ and ‘I really wanted to publish this, but in the end, it just wasn’t quite right,’ and ‘while we are not accepting your story at this time, your writing is what we like to see, so feel free to submit more in the future,’ etc. These rejections were a bummer, but certainly not disappointing. Like it or not, positive rejections are a writer’s pat on the back.
It’s difficult to take in the whole picture when it comes to the writing progress; with so many submissions and rejections, it can feel like a lost world at times. I keep track of my submission history in a database, and it’s nice to be able to filter work by date, market, story, rejections/acceptances, and recently, never done before, by feedback – which is what happened above. I hadn’t realized how close I am to getting into all my favorite publications. Even though acceptances still feel like nothing short of a miracle, I’m almost always shortlisted now days, and that says something–I’m close to reaching one of my goals.
Why not give it a try? Take a gander through your work from a different angle to see the bigger picture and how close you might actually be in reaching your goals.