Yes, I admit it. For the most part, I’m genuinely cool with waiting to hear back on subs for my manuscript. But three months ago, I submitted a flash fiction story to a particular online magazine. I like the vast majority of the stories that they publish, so I thought I’d try one of mine.
It’s quick, fun story that’s meant to be TOTALLY tongue-in-cheek. And, trust me, it’s very obvious.
I heard back the other day, and it was rejected.
That’s fine–been rejected before, and I get it. This really is a subjective business. No harm, no foul, and all that.
But what annoyed me was that the critique of the story by a few of the editors was as if it was NOT tongue-in-cheek. They took it totally seriously.
I honestly would have thought it would be a good fit. They do a lot of serious stories, but occasionally a lighthearted one, too. And some of the stories they do publish aren’t awesome. (Hence, I thought I had a chance!) 😉
Anyway, I’ll try submitting it a few more places. If it doesn’t go anywhere, I’ll post it to the blog.
In the meantime, I prefer my grapes sweet, not sour. I’ve gotta to work on that.