I received a kind rejection today from one of the first people to publish my work , elimae. I love elimae and respect that they don't want the story I sent them, because no one else seems to want it either.
Here's the deal: it's a fairy tale retelling and an identifiable one. I guess people don't want to touch those. I think it's well written and that it's got good language stuff going on and I guess that was what I was trying to do: take a story everyone knew and put the focus on the language instead of the storyline.
This is the twelfth time it's been rejected. This is my record so far for most rejections. Everyone who's rejected it is usually kind and asks if I've ever heard of The Fairy Tale Review which was one of the first places I sent it, and, no, they didn't want it either. If anyone wants to take a look at it and try to tell me what's wrong with it, let me know. I think it might be drawered soon though, as a failed experiment.
If you have tales of having a story rejected more times than twelve, I'd like to hear that, too. Maybe it will make me feel better. I keep trying to think about David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress being rejected, what, like 54 times, I think, before being accepted, but then I remember how ridiculous it is to try to think of myself in terms of a genius like David Markson.