Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Five tales from the slush pile
Interesting things or practices found in the slush pile…
Funny objects? glitter, chocolate, and our favorite, a six pack of beer.
2. A picture of the writer with a gun
You… get distracted by prisoners who think it a good idea to include a picture of themselves with a gun pointed at the viewer (true story).
3. Paper salvage
The bottom two-thirds of the last page cut off with scissors because that’s where the submission ended.
Michele sent a polite rejection note via e-mail to someone... He sent it back to her with a computer virus attached.
5. False claims
I received a story with a polite cover letter asking me to respond as soon as possible because of the special circumstances involved: the writer was a prisoner and to be executed in less than a week.
Turns out he was a prisoner, but when the editor wrote back quickly to say that she would have liked something different (to be published posthumously of course), the prisoner had a miraculous stay of execution.