I received the official ‘Dear Kyle’ letter from Kathleen Warnock concerning my Best Lesbian Erotica 2013 submission today. Â The rejection was sweetened by her saying that my story was definitely publishable, just not selected by this year’s guest editor. I told Roxy about it and do you know what she did? After expressing condolences and the opinion that they must be stupid heads, she issued this challenge:
“Earn 100 rejection letters.”
Yes, in her combined role as myÂ best friend, writing partner and Sir, she gave me a submission challenge: Â submit enough pieces to earn 100 rejections. Â Each time I get accepted, it puts me behind on my challenge. Â I can’t be choosy and pick just a few cherry anthologies each year, I have to put myself out there in a big way. Â I have to be a literary submission slut.
Once she had me hooked, she upped the anty a bit. Â She told me to put a counter on my blog, to track rejections. Â I’m going to do one better, I’ll track submissions vs. rejections, so my fat is held to the fire a bit. Â So far I’ve submitted to 7 publications since last year, and received 5 rejections. If I want to keep the pace lively, I’d better shoot for at least 10 rejections by the end of the year. Â To do that, I probably have to send out at least a dozen submissions,Â because who knows, I might get accepted. Â Man… this is gonna be work. Â I have a feeling I’m gonna get to know Lambda Literary and other submission sites pretty well before this year is out.
Rejections so far: Â Â BLE 2012, Say Please, the quicky lesbian sex one, the Salacious Work issue and now, BLE 2013…
Soooo… anyone want to join me on this challenge? Â Maybe 100 is a lot, wanna go for 10?
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