Incidentally, one such e-mail popped up in the lower righthand corner of my screen while I was typing this blog entry. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the subject line “Re: Your submission….,” and felt a flicker of hope. With an e-mail, you actually have to read the body of the message to see whether it’s an acceptance or a rejection. Of course it was a rejection but hope and possibility lived just a little longer, and their demise was a little less tangible in cyberspace than it is in the form of a SASE. Those SASEs often lie about unopened in my pile of mail until I have the heart to log the rejection in my submissions spreadsheet.
Acceptances Never Arrive in an SASE
Today I found three envelopes addressed to me in my own handwriting in my mailbox. I immediately know what those are: rejection notices from literary journals. Because if a journal wants your work, an editor will send you an e-mail, or will call, or both. He or she won’t use the self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) you enclosed with your submission. Of course there are way more journals now that accept work electronically, and therefore also send their rejections electronically.
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