silent rejection

So last fall I had submitted one of the One-Match Fire chapters to a publication that was looking for stories with the theme of “initiation” to use in their issue 7. I thought at the time that my chapter/story might align well with that.

Not long after I received an email from an individual at the publication saying my story was short listed, which was nice.

Then, nothing. Nada. Crickets.

I wrote to the publication twice asking for updates and got no response at all. My guess was that the magazine had folded, and whenever I visited the site the most recent issue available was always number 6. I’ve certainly had a few close calls like that, so it didn’t surprise me.

I wasn’t too heartbroken about this since it is a One-Match Fire story and I’m now no longer going to try to get any more chapters published as I try to get the whole thing published instead.

But for some reason earlier this week, I checked the publication online again and found issue 7 now available. Of course I had to look to see if my story was present, and it wasn’t.

I understand that many publications will use a tacit rejection of no response at all unless they are interested. But this outfit did seem interested last fall when they told me the story was short listed. So it seems reasonable to me that such a status would merit a final rejection letter.

On balance, I’m not upset. Getting the story accepted could be problematic for my efforts to get the novel published. But it would be nice to have received a response given the earlier status.

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