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Joel C. Scoberg
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Posted by: @lost_bard

Aaaargh ... and yet YAY! I got my first personal reject today.

"Though several of our staff members enjoyed the story, it did not receive enough votes to make it to the third and final round of voting. We wish you the best of luck finding a home for it and hope you will consider us for future submissions."

Sending this puppy back out!

That's agonisingly close but definitely a strong step forward! It sounds like your story will find its home soon--I'll have my fingers crossed for you and look forward to seeing a post in the "SUCCESS" page for you grinning  

 

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Posted : October 7, 2021 6:36 am
Morgan
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For anyone who ever submitted a story to F&SF under Charlie, I just rediscovered this little gem on his blog from back in the day. In the article, he discusses the meaning behind his three tiers of rejection: 1) Didn't Grab Me, 2) Didn't Work for Me, and 3) Didn't Win Me Over.

I was lucky enough to have six of my submissions fall into #3. Two of those came back with personal notes from Charlie. One submission fell into #1.

Charlie was one of a kind, and I do miss him. Here's the link to the article...

http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for-rejectomancers.html

Enjoy!

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Posted : October 7, 2021 12:34 pm
czing
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Posted by: @morgan-broadhead

For anyone who ever submitted a story to F&SF under Charlie, I just rediscovered this little gem on his blog from back in the day. In the article, he discusses the meaning behind his three tiers of rejection: 1) Didn't Grab Me, 2) Didn't Work for Me, and 3) Didn't Win Me Over.

I was lucky enough to have six of my submissions fall into #3. Two of those came back with personal notes from Charlie. One submission fell into #1.

Charlie was one of a kind, and I do miss him. Here's the link to the article...

http://www.ccfinlay.com/blog/nectar-for-rejectomancers.html

Enjoy!

Oh exciting - all 5 stories I got rejections from him were the win me over template. Saw an interview with the new editor and I think she said something about it being okay to try stories previously rejected by F&SF - anyone else see that? I can't remember for sure which is why I'm wondering if anyone else knows.

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v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
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Posted : October 8, 2021 9:08 pm
Álex Souza
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@czing I didn't see the interview, but I'm sure the new editor has changed her mind on accepting previously rejected stories. Firstly because I asked her, by e-mail, and she answered. And secondly because the updated guidelines clearly state this.

In for V38 Q3 and Q4.
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Posted : October 9, 2021 4:35 am
Scott_M_Sands
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That's great @czing!!

I'm gonna go back over my submissions to them and see how I fared.

 

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Posted : October 9, 2021 6:43 am
czing
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Posted by: @alexvss

@czing I didn't see the interview, but I'm sure the new editor has changed her mind on accepting previously rejected stories. Firstly because I asked her, by e-mail, and she answered. And secondly because the updated guidelines clearly state this.

Thanks - I must have been on crack or something because I rewatched the interview and didn't hear her say that (although I also read the guidelines last night and didn't see it mentioned - UGH sleep deprivation is a thing). Honestly I have to be mixing it up with something else - and YES there it is now, my brain finally unearthed it - one of the big ones has guest editors and it says you can resubmit when there is a different guest editor - now I just have to remember which place that is LOL.

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v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 -SHM; Q3 - P

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Posted : October 9, 2021 7:34 am
Disgruntled Peony
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Posted by: @czing
Posted by: @alexvss

@czing I didn't see the interview, but I'm sure the new editor has changed her mind on accepting previously rejected stories. Firstly because I asked her, by e-mail, and she answered. And secondly because the updated guidelines clearly state this.

Thanks - I must have been on crack or something because I rewatched the interview and didn't hear her say that (although I also read the guidelines last night and didn't see it mentioned - UGH sleep deprivation is a thing). Honestly I have to be mixing it up with something else - and YES there it is now, my brain finally unearthed it - one of the big ones has guest editors and it says you can resubmit when there is a different guest editor - now I just have to remember which place that is LOL.

That would be Fireside Magazine. grinning  

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Posted : October 12, 2021 11:25 pm
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angelslayah
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Posted by: @disgruntledpeony

That would be Fireside Magazine.

Posted by: @alexvss

@czing I didn't see the interview, but I'm sure the new editor has changed her mind on accepting previously rejected stories. Firstly because I asked her, by e-mail, and she answered. And secondly because the updated guidelines clearly state this.

You beat me to it (asking if that was it, anyway) because yeah, I just got that rejection, after being "held for consid" -on a POEM, no less)
It seemed really appealing and nice but of course I immediately pinged that piece out to someone else. I'll keep it in the back of my mind, maybe.
TOO BAD, though it's not F&SF. That one the "shiny" venues for me. 
Or is it?
@ Álex Souza: I don't see it in the guidelines. But if you got it from Ms Thomas...
 

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