My short novelette “A Kindling Among Shadows” received a straight rejection this quarter. Major downer. Here I was expecting responses from about twelve other markets for various stories, not expecting to hear from Writers of the Future for at least another month or so.
A sobering outcome, but it goes to prove the old axiom about writers being the worst judges of their own work. Perhaps the plot was forced, contrived. Perhaps the characters were flat. Maybe both of these are true…or maybe K.D. just didn’t like this particular story. “In the Arms of Lachiga” earned an honorable mention last quarter, and “Like Stars Beneath the Water” before it, so this logically feels like a major step down.
But I’ll just have to ignore that, and keep writing the best stories I can.
On the bright side, I can send the story elsewhere and start something new for next quarter. And you’ve gotta love a two-month response time compared to past quarters, before they enabled electronic submissions.