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Rejection… A Writer’s Tale

Posted in Uncategorized, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by stanleyriiks

Rejection is a hideous thing to deal with. For writers we have to deal with it regularly, unless we’re lucky. Stephen King used to collect rejection letters by the hundred, he used to stick them to the wall on a spike.

I find it difficult to take pleasure in my rejection. It doesn’t inspire me to do better. It feels like it’s another nail in the coffin. And what’s being buried, apart from my self-esteem, is my dream of becoming a writer.

On a forum a group of writers discussed how they dealt with rejection letters. In the old days, when paper was required and emails were yet to be invented, people set light to them, or kept scrap books, or stuck them on a spike on the wall. Modern technology has denied us these pleasures.

Email rejection letters I file. There’s something a lot less satisfying about filing an email than burning an actual rejection letter.

But what gets me is the lack of imagination, the lack of understanding that many editors have. “Thanks but we can’t use this.” “Not for us, thanks anyway.” “We’ll pass.” Yes, because passing is not really rejecting, is it! The euphemisms for rejection are just as bad. It’s like the editors get out their thesauruses, they’ve probably got that page marked, reject, decline, deny, discard, repel, scrap, renounce… pass!

It’s hard enough that I’ve created my masterpiece and put my heart and soul into it, then rewritten it, and possibly rewritten it again and then formatted it all nice and neat, and sent my work off into the dark wilderness of the slush-pile.

And then I wait and wait.

I know editors have a hard time, some of them read hundreds of submissions a week. Most of which are probably rubbish. But please! Give us a chance. A standard rejection letter is absolutely no help. I know, I know. Hundreds of submissions. But if there is anything I can do to improve my story, oh wise editor, let me know. Knowledge is power, sure enough, but how about sharing some of that knowledge? A hint here, a tip there. It can go a long way. Help me please!

Morpheus Tales Flash Fiction Competition and Special Issue

Posted in Morpheus Tales Magazine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by stanleyriiks

Ooh, a FREE writing competition? I have a little zombie story I could send in….

Morpheus Tales Magazine is putting together a flash horror fiction (up to 1000 word) Special Issue.

They are running a Flash Horror Fiction Competition. The competition is free to enter. 1 entry per person. Stories for the competition must be based on the cover image for the flash fiction special which can be seen below, by the excellent Morpheus Tales artist LeMat. Only horror flash fiction up to 1000 words will be accepted for possible inclusion. The three winning entries will each be published in the Morpheus Tales Flash Fiction Special Issue, and will receive a certificate of achievement and a subscription to Morpheus Tales Magazine. Please put Flash Fiction Competition Entry in the Subject of your email and send all competition entries to:

The deadline for entries to the competition is 1st July.

The Morpheus Tales Flash Fiction Special Issue will only be available via download.

The Morpheus Tales Flash Fiction Special is also open to general horror submissions!

Please be aware we are looking for 1st online serial rights. If your work has been previously published anywhere please state this clearly.

By submitting your work you are agreeing to these terms. 

Please send submissions as word documents. All material should be in standard manuscript format:

12 point Times Roman, left justified, 1″ margins all around, double spaced, paragraph indents, no space between paragraphs, with a header on each page giving your name, the title or a short form of it, and the page number.

Please send all submissions to:

Please mark your email Flash Fiction Special Issue or Flash Fiction Competition Entry.

One submission maximum at a time, please.

Fiction: Minimum 200 words – Maximum 1000 words.

Flash Fiction Cover/Competition Image by LeMat