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Daikaijuzine Rejection

Daikaijuzine rejected Avatar yesterday. Normally, I wouldn’t write about this, but their rejection came in the form of a limerick. That’s right, a limerick.

A story transcending the mass—
we hoped that we’d found it at last,
but page-turning plot
is something it’s not
we’re sorry—we’ll just have to pass.

Now, if I were a lesser man, I’d be angry about this. It seems insulting to me, in a childish way. This is not a response I’d expect from a professional magazine. Would you? I read it as saying “I had hoped to find a transcendant story, but your story did not have a page-turning plot, so I will pass”. That in itself sounds pretty bad. When you put it in a sing-songy poem, it sounds even worse. I wonder if they get a lot of flak from more immature writers about the insulting nature of this rejection. Me? I just move onto the next magazine. I don’t have time to get into debates about something that doesn’t matter.

Eric J. Juneau

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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