Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why is your story rejected?

It might come as a surprise to you, but the majority of stories rejected by literary magazines are good. At least, there is nothing wrong with them. They have a fine plot, developed characters and accomplished language. Why are they rejected, then? Because writing a good story is not enough. Your competition—and that’s what the other writers are—crafts well. You are not competing with half-wits amateurs. Your story has to stand out. It has to be best of the best. As simple as that.


John Sharp said...

Also sometimes it's a matter of taste, and fit with the editorial mission. Some perfectly fine stories are just not right for certain outlets while just the thing for others (or maybe just for one).

Mark Budman said...

Yes, the editor is the final arbiter.