The email I had waited for since submitting my short story Adventures before Christmas.
The word REJECTION wasn’t in the title of the email. It hadn’t been typed in the body of the email. It wasn’t even included in the attachment, but my story wasn’t being shortlisted for the monthly prize. Whichever way you cut it, my story was rejected.
I could say, at least they responded at all, but I paid a little extra so I could have a one page critique of the story. They had to respond!
There were several positive comments and some helpful suggestions on how to tighten the story and improve it, which is all I can ask for. Overall, worth the extra £5 and I’m sure it’ll help me tweak the story again before I send it somewhere else.
It felt bad, but good. It has spurred me on even more.
Onward and upwards.