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    I agree with all of this, and great advice from you guys. It is sometimes very hard to believe i yourself, but you have to keep trying. There will be times when it feels like the door has just been slammed a dozen times in your face, but you have to keep trying to open it up. Sometimes you will receive a handful of rejections in a single day if you put enough stories out there. You have to find someone that appreciates your style, and then another, and then another, etc. No offense to anyone, but I wouldn't worry about not winning this competition. It's been talked about to death, but if you got some true votes for your story be happy with that. It shows someone has liked your story, and you didn't have to ask them to like it for you. That is an accomplishment in itself. Keep on writing.

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    People have mentioned Zoetrope, it's a good place. I'm a workshop moderator at The Cult (chuckpalahniuk.net) and for $40/year they have a nice group too. I forget any others that were mentioned. The best way to see how it translates to others is to start shopping stories. When an editor accepts it, you know you're doing well. Feel free to aim a little lower when you're first getting started. Just get some work out there to some fun, cool websites. You can certainly aim for the best if you want, but submitting to CD and F&SF, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Shroud, Shock Totem, Black Static and then getting nothing but rejections can be a bit hard to take when you're first starting out. But certainly, aim high if you think you have a shot. Nothing wasted but a little bit of time and effort. Good luck!

    Rotten Leaves and Dirty Noir are looking for work. I've had flash at both. Or just peep Duotrope.
    Last edited by RichardThomas; 06-18-2011 at 07:57 PM.

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    Don't forget Rotten Leaves, Richard. http://www.rottenleaves.com/ Love the artwork and stories coming out of that place recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Wallwork View Post
    Don't forget Rotten Leaves, Richard. http://www.rottenleaves.com/ Love the artwork and stories coming out of that place recently.
    I mean Rotten Leaves. DUH. I always say Rotten Tomatoes (a movie review site).

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    HA! Wait till I tell Nik Korpon and Dwyer!

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    they know i'm an idiot already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Wallwork View Post
    Don't forget Rotten Leaves, Richard. http://www.rottenleaves.com/ Love the artwork and stories coming out of that place recently.
    FYI...It looks like Rotten Leaves has closed their submissions.

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    Pretty sure they'll be open, VERY SOON. Keep your peeps peeled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Wallwork View Post
    Nice philosophy, Nik. Just sometimes the distance between each step can seem to stretch for eternity.
    Don't I know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    you just have to put the right story in front of the right editor at the right time
    I think you just summed up the entire publishing industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJHubbard53 View Post
    this is why I and so many others are so interested in this vote and feedback on our stories. I have no faith in my work. I have no idea if is workable or total dreck.
    Definitely going to read yours soon and ping you back with a pm. Tried to do it at work, but couldn't take notes. Sorry for the delay. I know there's no rush, but the story looks cool and I want to read it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Wallwork View Post
    Copefiend, do you live in a parallel universe?
    LOL! No but I do live in Central Florida which does at times seems quite different then the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozmosis7 View Post
    Had a bummer of a rejection today. It's hard enough to find markets to submit short stories to, but when you get a rejection on a novel it is even harder to find rungs up the ladder that accept submissions without an agent.
    Sympathies on your rejection. Publishing is very subjective, as many others have already posted. I just got a rejection on my horror novel the other day. Feels like a punch in the gut. Was magnified by waking up to find my basement flooded due to a broken pipe. They say bad things happen in threes--I'm holding my breath!

    Keep trying, and let us know when you get that novel published!

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    So sorry to hear about your rejection, Ozmo. That's why I've been so hesitant to send my "babies" out. I have over ninety short stories and three novellas written but I'm just not sure if: 1. They're good enough and 2. What they're classified as other than the broad spectrum Horror field. I don't evem no what a neo-noir story means. I may have a few. I have grouped my stuff into thirteen story tomes (Like C. W. did, awesomely enough, with a central theme.) After being in this forum and reading everyone's posts, I feel that it's time to get my "little darlings" dressed in their Sunday Best and get their hungry asses on the street, as it were. Thanks to you, Ozmo and Richard and Draven and C.W. I now know its time. Also, the six people who really enjoyed my first tale enough to vote for it without me even having to threaten to kill their families, I thank you half dozen, humbly and sincerely.

    Again, my friend, so sorry. Your rejection gives me courage to take another step off the ledge.

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    keep at it oz - i've gotten maybe 30 rejections on my novel this year from agents, as well as a lot of "no responses" which i'll eventually chalk up as rejections. worse than that though are the agents that you know personally via fellow authors - when they pass, it's tough to take - i even had a guy approach ME (first time for that) who loved my short stories, asked for my novel, and then passed - WTF? that one stung - but i've still got Disintegration out in queries, partials and a few fulls to some agents and presses i really like - plus, don't forget guys, ChiZine opens up July 1st - i love their work, would be thrilled to have my novel there - if you haven't read Paul Tremblay and Craig Davidson, do so - great authors - you all should submit

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    Thanks Richard! Appreciate it. I have a good feel about this one, so we'll see. Thanks for the tips too.

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    By the way Richard, I grew up in Glen Ellyn. I so miss a good Chicago hotdog. There is a Sonic out here advertising they have them, but last time I heard that this ratty hotdog had onions and meat sauce. What the hell is that? Wish me luck on finding a good hotdog as well out here in the Eat LOL.

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    ha...just had Portillo's tonight, good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    ha...just had Portillo's tonight, good stuff
    Color me jealous.

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    Dear Craig Wallwork,

    Thank you for sending us "Rice Milk". Unfortunately we will not be able to use this work for Vestal Review. We receive many well-written, compelling, stories, but can only take a very limited number due to constraints of space and style. We wish you the best of luck in placing your story elsewhere.

    Thanks again. Best of luck with this.
    Sincerely,
    Cheryl Chambers
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    This is a 500 word story, written first for a Moon Milk competition I know it's easy to say this after it's been rejected, but I knew it wouldn't get published because, and my Write Club colleagues will back this up, I CAN'T WRITE FLASH FICTION!

    To those that can, like Ash here, I bow to you. So, it's official, and you're hearing it here first, I won't be attempting Flash Fiction, EVER. :d

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