I must admit, I am a fan of slipstream writing. It allows you to play with your imagination, to twist and turn it into places you never thought possible.
So I submitted a rather dark, slipstream piece to Neon Magazine, which loves such stuff. I was actually wondering myself if they would publish it. There is nothing graphic about it, except by implication, but it’s one of my stories I’d rather my parents didn’t read.
So I submitted in early May, and although it wasn’t accepted, I did get a nice personalised note from the editor, Krishan Coupland, telling me “your submission was kept back for a second reading. Even though it wasn’t quite right in the end, I’d like you to know that it was a tough decision.”
I really respect Krishan’s note because it was so encouraging. I’d much rather hear a “nearly there” than radio silence. So, respect to Krishan… and oh yes, I will be submitting again in future.
What are the nicest “not quite”s you’ve received?