25 Oct

I thought Alaska Quarterly Review would like this piece because of its decidedly nautical tilt, but in the end I think the story was just too political and odd to be a good fit.

Here we see that the editor wrote the name of the story at the top of the rejection form, and a brief note of thanks at the bottom. This sort of personal touch makes a rejection much easier to swallow; it shows that the story was considered by a living, breathing human, and creates in the writer a feeling that he/she is not merely firing stories out of a cannon and into a vast, nameless, inorganic and unforgiving ocean.


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