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Recently got my fifteen hundredth short story rejection!!!!!

Okay so actually this happened several weeks ago, and I just forgot to post about it until now. It’s my tradition to post whenever I hit another rejection century, but my short story submission volume is wayyyy down this year, so it’s taken quite awhile. Looking back, I see my last post like this (for […]

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Reached my 1400th short story rejection!!!

Yep, reached the big 1.4k a few days ago. These milestones haven’t felt as large since I hit 1,000. In fact, I didn’t notice this one until a few days after it happened. My submission volume is way, way down. I’ve gone from writing 20-30 stories in a year to writing, well, fewer than that. […]

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Got my thirteen hundredth short story rejection

I normally keep very close tabs on how many short story rejections I have, but this one slipped past me. I just happened to notice it when I was glancing at my spreadsheet. Mostly, this is because I’m not really focused on short stories anymore. I have so many unrevised stories left over from my […]

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Got my twelve hundredth rejection in record time

I’d been averaging about a hundred rejections every six months. But this time it took less than four! 300 – August 8, 2008 (401 days to next milestone) 400 – September 13, 2009 (282 days to next milestone) 500 – June 22, 2010 (268 days to next milestone) 600 – March 17, 2011 (208 days to next milestone) 700 […]

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Got my 1100th short story rejection

Just got my 1100th short story rejection yesterday. Shockingly, I continue to get rejected at pretty much the same pace as before I’d ever sold a story. 300 – August 8, 2008 (401 days to next milestone) 400 – September 13, 2009 (282 days to next milestone) 500 – June 22, 2010 (268 days to next milestone) 600 […]

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Some thoughts (and additional statistics) re: my thousandth short story rejections

Well, it finally happened. I got my one thousandth rejection! And then I got three more. And now I have 1,003. And I’m too lazy to temporarily delete the last three, so all of the below will be the numbers for 1,003 rejections. I started submitting on Dec. 20th, 2003 (meaning I’ve gotten approximately 2 […]

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Just received my nine hundredth short story rejection

Yep, just got it half an hour ago, from West Branch (it looks like at least a few literary magazines will reject you in less than a month). Not sure if I have too much commentary on this one. I actually got three rejections today*, so that makes 901 rejections from 190 markets on 136 […]

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My eight hundredth short story rejection

Last Friday, I got a form rejection from Nature. That rejection was my 800th short story rejection. That number is so impossibly high. It is 123 stories that have been rejected from 175 markets. Since I sent out my first submissions on December 20th, 2003, I’ve gotten, on average, a rejection every four days. For […]

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My seven hundredth short story rejection

I was going to talk about some more about noir novels today, but instead I am going to post about getting my seven hundredth rejection (yesterday, from Lightspeed). Long-time readers might recall my previous rejection milestones: 600 – March 17, 2011 (seven months ago) 500 – June 22, 2010 (fifteen months ago) 400 – September […]

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My sixth hundred rejection

I got my sixth hundred rejection today. Let’s see, my five hundredth was roughly nine months ago  on June 22nd, 2010. My four hundredth was about nine months before that, on September 13th, 2009. And my three hundredth was a year before that, circa August 8th, 2008. In keeping with the general acceleration of my […]

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