Wednesday, May 28, 2008

AGNI Likes Me More Than The Southern Review

For "Magic Carpet Ride" I earned only a simple form rejection slip The Southern Review.

For "Down Here" I earned something different in being rejected by AGNI.

Dear Gary Presley,

Thank you for giving AGNI the opportunity to read your work. We found the writing lively and interesting and enjoyed reading it. After careful consideration, we've decided that this manuscript isn't right for us, but please consider sending other work in the future.

This is not our customary rejection slip.

Kind regards,
The Editors

" ... not our customary ... "

... which the American Heritage Dictionary defines as:

  • 1. Commonly practiced, used, or encountered; usual.
  • 2. Based on custom or tradition rather than written law or contract.

... which could mean that they took extraordinary effort to make certain I understood my writing was unacceptable.

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." - Kahlil Gibran


Tim Elhajj said...

You ought to send AGNI Magic Carpet Ride. They like your work and want to see more. I'm not familair with them or these stories, but you've pretty much got an open invitation to send them more of your stuff.

Carter said...

Hey, man! There are rejections and rejections. They meant it was too good for them. Send it somewhere good enough for it!

sc morgan said...

¡Que lastima, buddy! I'm sorry for the rejection but have to say, in regards to the Kahlil Gibran quote, that pessimists are seldom disappointed.

By the way, have you read the hysterically funny essay in the front of this month's copy of the ASJA Monthly, titled: A Few Words to Mr. Clifford Irving About the Movie, The Hoax by Edith Lynn Hornick-Beer. She has an entire room wallpapered with rejection slips.It's cocktail party conversation material, she says.

Deanna said...

I appreciate your posting about a rejection (and it is a "good" one, as far as that goes). Glad I'm not the only one who's shared my pains/glories with the blog world. Your book looks intriguing.