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Response: “The Shifter”

I have received word on “The Shifter,” and that word is rejection. However, unlike so many rejections received in the past, this one was a personal note written by the editor, and those are always greatly, greatly appreciated.

Wayne Goodchild wrote:

“Hi Jeremy,
Thanks for submitting ‘The Shifter’ but I’m afraid I shan’t be accepting it for this anthology. I really enjoyed reading it, thought it was a really cool idea (that reminded me a bit of Quantum Leap!) and the ending is spot-on, but simply put, I’m now in the process of whittling down all the stories I really like to the ones I really like, and yours falls in the former category. I hope you do manage to find a home for it elsewhere in the future!
With regards,
Wayne Goodchild”

That is definitely the nicest rejection letter I have ever received.

Yeah, I really wish I had been accepted, but I am always grateful to know that my story was simply read and not just relegated to the recycling bin. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on anything Wayne Goodchild is the editor of, and if I have anything relevant, it will most definitely be submitted.

“The Shifter” isn’t dead, though. I’m already going through Duotrope’s archives, trying to find another market that I hope it will be a fit for.

Story Submission: The Shifter

I have made my first submission! It’s not the first submission of my life (that was so long ago, I don’t even remember what it was – the only thing I’m sure of is that it was a probably horribly written short story submitted to Omni magazine), but it is my first submission since starting The Folder.

If you aren’t familiar with Duotrope, it is an invaluable writer’s resource. It’s also completely free. They list literally HUNDREDS of publishers, from names you’ve definitely heard of to names you definitely have not.

One of my favorite features is the Deadline Calendar. It is basically a section of the site where various publishers mention the types of stories they are looking for. For instance, some random lit mag may have plans to produce an issue next June on flowers, so they’re putting out a deadline for stories or poems about lilies.

I saw one a few months back called Glitch in the Continuum, which is producing an anthology for stories of a sci-fi slant about time travel or dimensional travel that somehow goes wrong. Pretty loose rules, and it got my creative juices flowing.

I wrote a story called “The Shifter,” about a young man named Ryan who, as a teen, discovered the ability to travel from dimension to dimension. He traveled the multiverse, experiencing as much hedonism as he could, but in the end, his hedonism came at a price.

It’s a fairly adult story. It’s definitely rated R, at least. I tried not to be smutty, but it’s got some adult situations.

I am still awaiting rejection or acceptance. I’m not getting hopeful; I know they received over 100 submissions for their anthology, and I have no idea how many they are accepting. I would LOVE to get this as a publishing credit for two reasons.

One, I have never had a short story published, only poetry.

And two, this is an actual paying job. All published stories receive one cent per word and a contributor’s copy. So if I’m lucky enough to get accepted, I’ll find myself around $60 richer and I’ll have a book with my short story neatly printed within.

Here’s hoping! I’m not sure how long it will take, but I’ll definitely post here just as soon as I am told!

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