My First Rejection

The title of this post is not entirely true.  I have been rejected in love, several times.  I have been passed up for sports teams, I have failed midterms and lost the respect of colleagues.  I have even ruined a few friendships.

But as far as my writing goes, this was the first time I had ever submitted a piece of mine to a legitimate publication.  And I was rejected on a technicality.  It seems that they do not consider any work that has been previously published on a personal blog.  According to the editor this is a common rule held by almost all publications.  They want first rights for the printed material.

This is kind of bad news for you guys, because it means that from now on I can’t post my stories on this blog if I want to submit them, so all the really good stuff will have to stay hidden from your eyes.  It is also bad news for me, because it means that my Tracking the Wind story is no longer submitable.

Anyway, I am not too discouraged.  I guess I will just have to keep trying with other stories.

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My First Submission

Today I made my first submission to a magazine.  I decided to enter my short story, Tracking the Wind, to the Hugo Award winning online Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, ClarkesWorld Magazine. I should find out in a week or so if it was accepted or not. I am a little nervous as I have never done anything like this before.  Hopefully they will give me some sort of appraisal other than just “yay” or “nay”, but I doubt that is how this works.  I will keep you all informed of my progress. Wish me luck!

To read my first draft version of Tracking the Wind, please follow the links below:

Tracking the Wind – Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4