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#31 - November 21, 2016, 06:19 AM
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  >:( Another week to wait. A short week at that.
#32 - November 21, 2016, 06:24 AM
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I'm in the Highlights waiting game too. I just submitted a requested revision to High Five a few days ago. You all inspired me to check if it has moved to "In Progress" yet. Nope.

It's a holiday week, so I wouldn't be surprised if the editors focusing more on finishing work already on their plates rather than cracking open new submissions. Hope they get around to some of you who have been waiting a while.
#33 - November 21, 2016, 01:07 PM
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Thank you Diana M - hoping we all hear something soon!
#34 - November 21, 2016, 01:55 PM
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Yeah, I think this week is probably a wash.

But turkey and wine will help with the waiting. :)
#35 - November 22, 2016, 08:33 AM
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Yes, I am trying to forget about this and focus on other things that I am working on. Hoping we all hear soon though!

Happy thanksgiving :)
#36 - November 22, 2016, 09:27 AM

Good strategy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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#37 - November 23, 2016, 08:04 AM
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I sub'd a historical-fiction poem about playing in fire-hydrant spray to Highlights via Submittable in April and heard back from them in October. They liked the poem but rejected it because the activity was deemed unsafe by the city. (I guess the city in which the poem took place, Chicago.) In the past, when I sub'd to Highlights via snail mail, I'd hear back right away if it was rejected. And not right away when they were considering it. So I say be happy for the wait. It's a good sign.
#38 - November 23, 2016, 10:23 AM

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Congrats on the personal feedback, Dionna!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
#39 - November 23, 2016, 10:43 AM
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I still have my fingers crossed for everybody, but might uncross them long enough to eat some Thanksgiving dinner. :grin3

Hope all of you have a lovely day. I'm thankful for the Blueboard and for all of you!  :grouphug2
#40 - November 23, 2016, 04:14 PM

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Congrats on the personal feedback, Dionna!

Thanks, Starfish!
#41 - November 23, 2016, 04:28 PM

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I got feedback once. They told me they liked my writing. That it was snappy and fun. Still a reject. Goes to show... :shrug

I was thankful for the confidence boost, anyway.
#42 - November 24, 2016, 04:11 AM
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I got feedback once. They told me they liked my writing. That it was snappy and fun. Still a reject. Goes to show... :shrug

I was thankful for the confidence boost, anyway.

Snappy and fun is great feedback!
#43 - November 24, 2016, 04:14 AM

Yes, great feedback, Jojo! Try them again!

Dionna, my friend wrote a poem about digging a hole in the snow and they thought that sounded too dangerous, as well! They're super conservative about stuff like that apparently.

#44 - November 25, 2016, 07:12 AM
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Just got an acceptance for a High Five story, so hang in there everyone! A little over 3 months. Waiting on 2 more sent later in August.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!
#45 - November 29, 2016, 07:04 AM
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Congrats Starfish!!  :yay
Here's hoping the rest of us hear soon :)
#46 - November 29, 2016, 07:38 AM
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Congrats, Starfish!  :hurrah
#47 - November 29, 2016, 07:45 AM
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High five, Starfish!!  :stars3 :stars3 :stars3
#48 - November 29, 2016, 10:56 AM

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 :yay Starfish!! Awesome news! Best wishes on your other subs.
#49 - November 29, 2016, 11:28 AM

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Yeah for you!
#50 - November 29, 2016, 11:51 AM
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Thanks! Sprinkling lots of good luck wishes and fairy glitter for all of us waiting!
#51 - November 29, 2016, 12:09 PM
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Congrats Starfish! Great way to start a day :)

For the rest of us still rowing the boat, keep rowing...we will reach the shore soon!
#52 - November 29, 2016, 12:37 PM

For those of you wondering what it means to get rejected before your submission even makes it to "in progress", I can answer that!

I have a very small online journal myself, and we use Submittable as the "mailbox" for submissions. Let's say I get a submission. I, the editor, can open your story and read it, but it will not change the status to "in progress". Next to your submission, on the right-hand side, there will be a thumbs up, thumbs down, and a circle meaning "maybe". If I select thumbs up, down, or maybe, your submission changes to "in progress". OR, if I forward your submission to another editor for reading, it'll also show "in progress".

In conclusion, my guess is that an editor may have read your submission, and took it upon him/herself to send you the formal letter without passing it on to anyone else. I have done that a few times. It certainly doesn't mean I didn't like the submission, I just didn't feel it was right for the journal. That could be the case with High Five. Their recent changes are resulting in the straight-to rejections.

Actually, I will attach a screenshot of what your submission looks like from the editor's point of view. I even submitted a fake manuscript to myself, ha. This is how the editor reads your submission. I used to get curious, too. He-he. I blocked out my own name, and name of my journal, for privacy.

(You might have to use the scroll bar beneath the image to scroll right, in order to view it fully)
#53 - November 29, 2016, 02:20 PM
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Interesting stuff, Chicken Grease! Thanks for sharing an insider's viewpoint.
#54 - November 29, 2016, 03:08 PM

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Interesting stuff, Chicken Grease! Thanks for sharing an insider's viewpoint.

Ditto!
#55 - November 29, 2016, 07:18 PM
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Yes! That's helpful, Chicken Grease.  :thankyou
#56 - November 29, 2016, 07:28 PM

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Thanks Chicken Grease. Good to know.
I subbed a NF article on 11-4-16. It went to In Progress pretty quick. Now just waiting with you guys. It's about time for holiday cookies though. That helps with the wait.
#57 - December 03, 2016, 07:32 AM

Thanks for sharing that, CHickenGrease! Interesting.
#58 - December 03, 2016, 11:46 AM
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I'm late to this party, but add me to the waiting room.  Have a poem and a short story at H-lights since June. Five months and counting.  I'm putting on my rose-colored-glasses and choosing to view this as "under serious consideration", but the wait is killing me. Fingers crossed for everyone.     :hiding
#59 - December 04, 2016, 08:02 AM
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Interesting ChickenGrease! Thanks for sharing that!
#60 - December 04, 2016, 08:21 AM
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