My husband and I were having a conversation about the wording of rejections prompted by this post by Cliff. Cliff's post also led me to David Keeling's blog A Writing Year and his rating of rejections. I think it's a great idea to encourage journals to consider their words carefully since they are, in fact, in the word business. Anyway, I was telling my husband about some of the less-than-desirable worded rejections and I ended up saying, only half joking, "my ideal would be something that read: Dear Katrina Denza, the only reason we won't be publishing your story is that we ran out of room." Hehe.
So a week later what did I receive? A form rejection notice from New Delta Review that says (sans the Dear Katrina Denza):
We're sorry that we don't have room to publish your work in our upcoming issue. Thank you for submitting. Please forgive the form slip and consider us in the future.
At first I laughed at the wording of it until Tom reminded me it was exactly what I'd wished for in a form rejection slip. So...If I were grading rejections I'd have to give New Delta Review an A+.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.