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.