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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 03:31 pm:   

I submitted a story to Black Gate magazine on April 12, 2002.

Got a rejection slip yesterday. It reads in part:

Thanks for the submission, and for your (considerable!) patience...

        Very impressive.  This is a terrific tale, well written and extremely original.  While the prose style is a little forced at times, in general it works very well.  However, after some consideration, it's not right for Black Gate. We're oversold on contemporary fantasy, and looking for more adventure-oriented fiction at the moment. I'm afraid I'll have to return it, with regrets.

        I hope you'll consider us again.


Gee, why wouldn't I consider them again? I mean, if you're going to spend tens of thousands of dollars publishing and promoting a novel from an unknown quantity and in an uncertain economy of course you'd take your....oh wait, we're talking about a 3000-word short story to be squeezed into one of those giant quarterly Black Gate volumes. Why on earth does it take 14 months to read submissions?!

Actually, I feel a little sorry for this guy since he thinks I was patient. I actually forgot all about the submission a few months later, sent the story out again, and got an acceptance, check, and six Stoker recs (one short of the ol' prelim ballot) out of the deal.

Ah well.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2003 - 07:19 am:   

Heh. That'll teach 'em.

I got a very similiar response (actually, nearly word for word) on a nine- or ten-month rejection from them. Which I didn't understand because my story was packed full of adventure, crammed to the creases. So yeah, I won't be considering them again either.

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