Thank you for sending in [Omitted] and also for your patience as I reviewed it. It’s nice to see another story from you, but I’m going to pass on this one. I wish you luck placing it elsewhere and with your writing career.


Thanks for letting us see [Omitted]. I regret to say that it’s just not right for Allegory. It’s a cute and humorous story. Unfortunately, the ending fell a bit flat for us. So, after some consideration, we’ve decided to pass. I’m sorry. Best of luck with this one in other markets.



Thank you for your submission to FIELD NOTES FROM A NIGHTMARE. Unfortunately, I have made the decision to pass on your story. While I am unable to get into specifics on each submission, I do want to say that the vast majority of stories rejected were done so on the basis of not quite hitting the mark on the specific vision I have for the anthology. I greatly appreciate you allowing me to read your work, and sincerely hope you consider submitting to a future Dread Stone project. Best of luck placing your story elsewhere.



We are thrilled that you chose us as your submission destination! We cherish and take delight in every submission we get, and yours was no less cherished. However, our submission guidelines are tough and the submission space is limited, and therefore we found it difficult to accept your piece at this time.

This is in no way a deference or incapability of yours as a writer, and we would never want you to interpret this as a failure. There were several points that influenced our decision to reject your submission. Firstly, it was very imaginative fiction with an obvious passion for storytelling. There was a wondrous use of backstory that caught the reader unaware, and the story was thick with plot and insight into every brushing of a character. You masterfully endowed each with their own sense of morals and plights, as well as revealed both light and dark within a small submission space.

This, however, was not the reason we ultimately decided to withhold from proceeding.

While perfect in all other aspects, it is not as dark as we’d like. There was not enough terror. It was certainly fantasy, but I would not endeavor to call it dark fantasy. If it possessed more dark qualities, we assuredly would have published this piece.

As it stands, this is a solid piece that has extreme potential. Keep working at it and perfecting your art!



Thank you for submitting [Omitted] to Apparition Literary Magazine. We are grateful for the opportunity to read your work; however, we have chosen not to accept it for publication. We wish you the best of luck submitting it elsewhere and hope you will try us again in the future.



Thank you for submitting [Omitted] to Alternative War. I will not be buying this submission. The volume of submissions means that many quality works, like this one, cannot be bought. I sincerely hope you submit in the future.



Thank you again for your interest in Boneyard Soup Magazine and for allowing us to review your story submission. Unfortunately, the story does not meet our editorial needs at this time. We receive story submissions on a daily basis and the limited space in our magazine means we must reject the majority of what we receive. This makes editorial decisions all the more difficult and frustrating. We sincerely hope your story finds a home soon, and that you’ll consider submitting more work in the future.


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read [Omitted]. I appreciate the time you took to send it in for consideration. Although it does not suit the needs of the magazine at this time, I wish you luck with placing it elsewhere.


Thank you for sending [Omitted] to Metaphorosis magazine. We appreciate the chance to review it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us. Best of luck finding it a home elsewhere.


We have read your submission and unfortunately your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now. While we regretfully cannot provide detailed feedback due to the volume of submissions, we thank you for your interest in our magazine and hope you continue to consider us in the future.


Thank you for submitting your story for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters. The submission’s window was short but by the end of January we had have received well over 350 submissions, which is far more than we anticipated, and obviously far too many for this anthology. Sadly we are unable to include your story in this volume but wish you every success in placing it elsewhere.


Thanks very much for the opportunity to read your submission, and for your patience while it was under review. While I enjoyed it, I’m sorry to say that it’s not quite what I’m looking for at this time. I hope you find a home for it soon, and again I’m grateful to you for thinking to send it my way.


Thank you so much for sending us [Omitted]. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not quite right for us.

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