It starts early.
If you're familiar with the way I operate the rejection count, you would know that this is the part where I would usually copy the rejection letter into the body of a post word-for-word (minus the editor's name because no bad feelings, editors work hard and are both underappreciated and underpaid.) But I can't do that this time, because this first rejection of the year is a special kind of rejection: the no-contact rejection.
[WRITING REJECTION 1/100]
*name was not included on the contest's longlist*
Life is but an obstructive penguin.
See you next time!
- E.B. Kirsh