- Work not up to standard. Put the work aside for a bit and then compare it to what you read in the magazine or other format you're submitting to. Can you notice a difference in quality? If so, you need to raise your game.
- The work is fine but they've published on a similar topic recently. Nothing you can do about that but you could try other outlets or put this work aside and approach this publisher again after a period of time has gone by.
- They've got loads of short stories but what they want are articles. And of course you've sent in a short story! The thing here is if your story is absolutely brilliant, they will find room for it. But it has to be absolutely brilliant. So send it elsewhere! And perhaps write them an article. I fell into writing non-fiction accidentally and while nothing will top my first love of fiction, I've been delighted to discover I like writing factual pieces. It can make a very useful second string to your bow.
- The story is fine but is not quite right for them. Always check out exactly which market the magazine is targeting and then look at your story again. If you can spot things where it might not fit, then you either change the story to suit the market or send the story to a more suitable place.
- No particular reason. But remember there is nothing to stop you sending the work out elsewhere.
Rejection is something all writers can expect and what I found helped me in dealing with it (and still does) is realising the rejection is never personal. There are all sorts of reasons for turning a story down, some of which are:-
I'm Allison Symes and write fairytales with bite, especially novels and short stories.