A Very Kind and Encouraging Rejection

Thank you for sending us “Wax-Wire Wings”. Your story reached the highest level of consideration, but we’ve decided not to accept it. We’d love to see more stories from you in the future.

So kind and encouraging! I really appreciate it, even while I’m of course bummed that the story didn’t make the cut. Editors who take the time to send this kind of rejection light up my heart.

Today I went through some market lists and added a few short-story submission options to my queue; about half will get existing stories that meet their themes, and the others prompted me with a new idea while reading the guidelines. I’m still not putting short stories at the forefront of my attention, so if I don’t hit the latter group of submission periods I won’t be crushed. But it’s always good to have ideas percolating and words in motion.