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Hopefully, a lesson learned.

Subject: submissions for TEoP

Dear Editors,

I am a MFA creative writing student at the University of North Texas. Attached is a story from my portfolio for a writing class. I hope you can use it. Thanks, [Redacted].


Subject: RE: submissions for TEoP


Thank you for submitting your story to The Edge of Propinquity semiprozine. This story does not meet the guidelines/theme for The Edge of Propinquity. Please carefully reread the Submission Guidelines and try again.


1. Improper subject set up.
2. Attachment instead of the story in the body of the email.
3. Clear indication that author has not read the Edge of Propinquity website, much less the guidelines.

Editor's note: If you cannot be bothered to read the submission guidelines for the site you are submitting for, your stories will be rejected unread - just like this one has been.

Thank you,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity


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Dec. 31st, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Very few agents submit short fiction. The 15% cut just isn't worth it.

Every time I've listened to "successful" writers on panels or in discussions, telling new writers how to break in, "Read the guidelines!" has ranked high on the list of advice.
Dec. 31st, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm no MFA student, so I don't know, but do they just not teach this kind of practical thing in any of their classes? Do they teach writing as a business? Even a class on it?
Jan. 1st, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Since starting The Western Online, I've been amazed at how many writers fail to read guidelines. It's something I've always done when submitting my work, I took if for granted that everyone else did too.
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