• Andrew Johnston

Acceptances and Rejections for November

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Continuing from previous months, here's the rundown of my successes and failures for November.


This month will be a little different. Because I'm sending out query letters, these posts will now consist of two parts: One for short fiction and one for the manuscript. Incidentally, if you haven't been following the QueryCast, now would be a good time. Please do this - I'm terribly insecure and this might help for a few seconds.


Short Fiction


This month, I made 22 submissions and received 30 rejections, with 14 outstanding. This marks the second month in a row with no acceptances, which is pretty rough as it was also a busier month than normal. I haven't added many new stories, instead focusing on finding places for the existing ones - including one that's been rejected a whopping 28 times. Flash fiction pieces are a special struggle, and much as I've preached their value, it may be that I've outgrown them.


I have been rejected a total of 849 times since beginning submissions on February 13th, 2017.


Query Letters


Since November 21st, 2020, I have submitted a total of 40 query letters. Of these, there have been 7 rejections, 0 requests, 0 no-responses, and 33 outstanding. Rejections are likely to come in waves; I expect to receive more starting about a week from now, then probably no more until the first week of January. I've opted not to distinguish between form and personalized rejections, as my "friends" aren't likely to send many of the latter.



Thank you, and expect to receive your next update at the end of December.

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