The Trophy and the Horse
If you followed my last blog entry, Venturing into New Territory, you may be interested to know that Clarkesworld rejected my story. Here is the (slightly redacted, I'll explain in a moment) rejection letter:
Thank you for the opportunity to read [title redacted]. Unfortunately, your story isn't quite what we're looking for right now. Each month, we receive hundreds of submissions and while I may like many of them, I can only publish twelve of them per year.
In the past, we've provided detailed feedback on our rejections, but I'm afraid that due to time considerations, we're no longer able to offer that service. I appreciate your interest in Clarkesworld Magazine and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.
Yay! A trophy!
I could probably turn around and post this story for you folks and generate some quick coin, but my friend Eric James Stone had a better suggestion. He pointed out that the Writers of the Future contest for this quarter ends this Friday, September 30th. He even went so far as to ask the organizers if I'm eligible. Here's the email I got from Eric an hour or so ago:
Here's what Joni had to say:
He certainly does qualify. We've had journalists win the contest, we've had
Hollywood screenwriters enter the contest, so we can certainly have graphic
The fact that we are a prose contest is the definitive line here. Journalism
is one thing, short science fiction/fantasy is another. Comics are something
So he should submit right away!!!!
That's pretty much what I figured, but with more exclamation points.