Dear Mr. T ,
If only your stated certainty of our affection
for your submission could make it so! Alas that our mortal urgings to
the universe, gods and various demons do not influence the course of
events or indeed our opinion of your submission. Alas.
We have had our editorial team pour over your self-avowed
unfinished, unpolished, and indeed (we confirm) unedited work to find
some redeeming quality, which we did find in the next-to-last paragraph,
which, while failing to cash the barely legible check of the preceding
handful of disjointed paragraphs, brought a smile to our faces:
"The easiest way to fail in life is to die too soon. The second easiest way is to die too late."
like to say that the same applies to your story, but there is no story
as far as we can tell, so it is difficult to discern if it had died too
soon or too late.
Bluntly, Mr. T , we have strict rules here. We do not publish
incomplete manuscripts. Ever. Except when we do, of course. It could
happen. In the multiverse, they say, anything is possible.
in your case. We must reject your story on the grounds that despite one
or two good lines, it does not have a beginning or end (the middle, as
always, is arguable). It is, to quote you "neither complete nor titled"
and, yes, we can see that you "haven't proofread [it] at all".
We thank you for your submission and hope you will, next time, consider sending us a shopping list.
This Lady of Rejection
Sonia Lyris, Short Fiction Editor