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Perhaps I was dropped as a child, but I am so proud of this. ALMOST! Wow, and I thought almost was only good for Horseshoes. Who'd a thunk it?
I think I'm just so thrilled that there was actually - a DEBATE OVER MY WORK! WOW- LOOK MOM, no hands!

From: SmokeLong Editor []
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 6:42 PM
To: Samantha Brewster
Subject: SmokeLong Quarterly

Dear Samantha,

Thank you for your submission of "The Sinkhole" to SmokeLong Quarterly. Although we are unable to use this particular piece for publication, we want you to know how much we enjoyed reading your work. We'd love for you to continue to submit new pieces.

Samantha, there were elements that all of us enjoyed and one of our editors in particular just doted on it and asked that if were to reject it that we pass along how much she lobbied for it. Ultimately, it came down to three Southern votes that wanted the voice to be more specific about Mountain life versus two Northern votes that liked it pretty much as is. We'd strongly recommend that you submit this to Pindeldyboz. It might find a good home there. And we definitely want to read more of your work. Pretty please?

We hope you enjoy our magazine. Please check in periodically to see what's new, and don't forget to send us your best flash up to 1000 words.


Dave Clapper
Editor, SmokeLong Quarterly
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All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream....
Edgar Allen Poe


The following comments are for "Rejected but ...happy?"
by poesandpoetry


As someone who has recieved a similar rejection from Smokelong Quarterly, i know exactly how you feel to be excited y feedack in a rejection. I would definately take the editors advice and shop your work out. My story Barfly didn't quite make the cut either, but their kind words did more to encourage me to submit again than to discourage it.

Good luck with finding your story a home.


( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: February 4, 2004 )

Must say...
Quite the rejection letter! My rejection letters are either generic cookie-cutouts, or down right offensive. But keep crackin', and I wouldn't put the story in the cupboard just yet. I once got rejected by an Ezine, fixed up my story, and got it accepted elsewhere the next month. Glad to see that someone appreciated your stuff, and best of luck in placing it somewhere.


( Posted by: strangedaze [Member] On: February 4, 2004 )

Thanks for your input!
Thank you for your comments, Bartleby and strangedaze. I have revised and resubmitted this piece and am crossing my fingers!

( Posted by: poesandpoetry [Member] On: February 4, 2004 )

One of the better rejection letters
Poesandpoetry. What a rejection letter! Compliments all the way to the end. Maybe it will stay in the back of one of the editor's minds, and it will be published later. Any updates in the last month or so?

( Posted by: CaptainKeyboard [Member] On: March 28, 2004 )

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