Since I was giving my short-story/adapted-epilogue yet another overhaul -- I'm using it as my writing sample for grad school applications -- I figured I might as well submit the latest version to more journals too.
Literary journals are not generally known for their quick turnaround time. I've waited as long as 8 months to get a response. But among the latest batch was Sonora Review, which stood out to me because it used a manuscript submission service I hadn't seen before (ManuscriptHub.com). Unlike other online submission tools, this one charged $2 a pop, not that it was such a big deal to me. I uploaded my story at 5:17 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m. I got a response:
"Thank you for submitting your work to Sonora Review. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept it for publication at this time."
Whoa! Are you sure? Maybe you want to take a second look at it? Perhaps you should step away from it for a while... just take a break, then return to it in a couple of weeks with a "fresh pair of eyes?"
I have to admit, the speed is quite refreshing -- well worth the two dollars, if you ask me. Imagine if every journal were that quick? But still, ouch.
The worst part is that they are clearly not sifting through piles and piles of stories if mine went straight to the top of the queue. Yet even with this limited pool of stories my baby did not make the cut. I feel like the little league coach chose to field eight players instead of filling the empty slot with my clumsy-and-inept-though-well-intentioned child. Aw, come on, Coach! Give the kid a chance!
The Savior Complex
2 months ago