You can guess from the title that I received a rejection but it never made me feel dejected. On the contrary, I felt hopeful. I submitted three short stories and this is the full wording of the rejection.
Thank you for sending us … (removed). We have received a number of submissions … for consideration to be included in our publication. Even though “Three Short Stories ” will not be included at this time, it was an honor and a privilege to read your work.
Our desire is to champion your creative expression and encourage you to give it another look and contemplate revisions, or if you have another piece you would like us to consider, we would love the opportunity to see more of your work.
… enjoys a deep respect and appreciation for you as an artist. It is our top priority to create a beautiful publication focused on value and visibility for writers. Remember, we will read every single submission, never wasting an opportunity to read your work. Thank you again, and we look forward to a lasting relationship with you.
I am seeing this as a personal rejection letter and the comments are for me. They encourage me to take another look at the work and contemplate revisions. And they would like an opportunity to see more of my work. All very positive.
Do I revise the pieces? Where do I start because I have no idea? I guess my favourite piece will go back to a beta reader or three and receive feedback. From there I can make revisions and consider sending them the revised work. Or I can look through my portfolio and send a different story.
Whatever I choose to do there is no guarantee that any will be accepted.
On another note, one of my rejected SF stories went to a beta reader at the editor’s suggestion. The feedback was interesting and I intend to look at the piece again with the comments in mind but not until I have comments from a second beta reader. It takes time.
You can laugh if you want but I calculated what percentage six months was of my remaining life span. At thirty years of age, six months represents a 5% percentage. For me, it was a massive 15%. Provided I did the maths right.