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Shelley Margosian Stack

Shrinking Rejection Slips

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I got caught up with the mess on my desk this week. It is now bare of everything but my beloved MacBook, the printer, a lamp and the sign with my mantra, “Never, never, never give up.” The saying is especially meaningful as I am sorting and filing rejections.

Rejections are okay, really they are. They make the acceptances so much sweeter. Many rejections come via e-mail but those journals that haven’t yet switched over to online submissions are still sending paper rejection letters, no, not really letters but pieces of paper, slips, that seem to be getting smaller and smaller.

One arrived last week. It was lost in the legal-size envelope I had included with my hard copy story submission. The slip is a mere three inches long by two inches wide. The words are teeny-tiny . . . Thank you for submitting . . . blah, blah, blah, not what we are looking for right now . . .  please submit again. Reading it gave me eye strain.

Perhaps the journals are working hard at being green, minimizing the use of paper, thereby saving our trees and the environment. I am all for that. So dear journals, instead of teensy slips of paper, please, please, just switch over to online submissions and rejections. Then I won’t have to make a million copies (killing trees and all), buy large envelopes and costly postage and wait on a long line at the post office where there is only one window open these days, manned by a very cranky postal worker.

Oh sure. I know online “everything” is causing the demise of the post office and I am sorry to see it go, but online is so, so much easier!


Author: Shelley Margosian Stack

Shelley Stack lives with her family in New Jersey, where she works as a music teacher and writes in every spare moment. Those spare moments are a challenge to capture, but she is doing it. Her fiction has appeared in Short Story America Anthology (2011), Euphony Journal, Forge, The Dos Passos Review, and The MacGuffin. Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage included two of her essays celebrating the lives of Armenian genocide survivors. She is currently working on a Young Adult novel.

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