Monday 7 January 2013
A snowflake, rejected.
I started submitting fiction to SF mags - primarily Interzone - in 1986. I often hear of people submitting hundreds of stories to various markets, but it was nothing like that for me. With access to a typewriter confined to short breaks at home between university terms, my writing only took place in concentrated bursts. I would finish a typewritten story, obtain a photocopy, submit it, then get back to my studies. IZ seldom took less than three to four months to reject my pieces, and I saw no sense in overwhelming them with multiple submissions. I was aware of a handful of other fiction markets (although at that point I had yet to see a single example of an American fiction magazine) but IZ was really the only one I had serious designs on cracking. I must have, somewhere, the rejection slips I acquired from IZ through the years between 1986 and 1989, where I suppose I submitted around five or six original stories. At least, I can't imagine throwing them away. But I do have this, which is the rejection note returned to me upon submission of my story "A Snowflake of Nunivak". My wife has kindly scanned it for me: