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Luke Schamer from Cincinnati, Ohio is reading "House of Leaves" February 15, 2016 - 8:51am

Hey all. Been a while since I've hopped on the message boards. I have a question for anyone who is willing to answer or has some experience with this issue... 

Scenario: I submitted a short story to a magazine in August 2015. In September, I received a response saying that the editors enjoyed the submission and were passing it along to the editor-in-chief. No response for 60 days... I emailed the editors in November inquiring about the story's status. The editor-in-chief replied, saying that they would be making decisions by the end of December. December passed with silence. Then January passed with silence. I emailed two weeks ago, again inquiring about the story's status (almost 90 days later). Except this time, I received no response whatsoever. Nothing.

Question: What should I do? Wait it out? Email them again? Give up on it? 

This is a market I would absolutely love to break into. Moreover, I've kept my hopes up for about six months now. The odd thing is, I know the magazine is not defunct, as they've posted updates on various social media accounts advertising their newest issue. Although there has been no update on submissions for the issue for which I submitted. 

Any help is much appreciated--thank you!



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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break February 15, 2016 - 8:57am

Wait another two weeks and follow up. If you still get no response, you can either send an email officially retracting the piece or keep waiting and following up. If it were me, I'd consider if the juice is really worth the squeeze, i.e. - money, audience reach, print vs. online only. If they're not paying you, take it elsewhere and get paid on it.

I've been through this shit (and am going through it currently). Some writers are faster than others. Publishing always tends to be slow.