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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 http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.


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