This week marks an important milestone, I received my first rejection letter. It wasn’t for my book, but for a short story that I sent in for Writers of the Future. The contest is probably one of the largest out there for speculative fiction and features some of the greatest talent in the field. I’ll admit I thought I had a chance. My story was thought provoking, and at least according to my beta readers, beautifully written.
As with all form letters, this one left me wondering what went wrong. Were there fundamental errors? Was the writing not up to standard? Did the story not quite fit the genre? I’ll never know and at this point it doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is what happens next. My goal is to dust the story off, polish it up, and revise it. There are hundreds of literary magazines out there, and I’m determined to get this story out in one of them.