Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

In remembrance of my grandmothers, I offer you the tale of my Aunt Pokie. Available in multiple formats at Smashwords:

Crayola poised

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why yes, this is discouraging

Dear Kyle, 

Thank you for sending us "Aunt Pokie" for consideration in The Masters Review Volume V judged by Amy Hempel. We appreciate your support and your patience while we reviewed your work. We were blown away by the quality and number of submissions we received for this anthology. 

While our editors enjoyed reading your piece, I am sorry to say that it was not selected for publication. We received more submissions this year than ever before, and unfortunately that means we have to decline many great stories and essays. 

As writers ourselves, our editors know how daunting the process of submitting can be. Please be assured that your submission was read with great care and appreciation. It means a lot to us that you chose to submit to The Masters Review. 

Thank you again, and best of luck with this piece. We hope that you will consider submitting to us again in the future. 

Kim Winternheimer and The Masters Review team 

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” – James Lee Burke 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Dear Kyle Miller, 

Thank you again for submitting to The Masters Review Volume V judged by Amy Hempel. We are overwhelmed by the number and quality of submissions received. In order to give each piece the attention it deserves, we have decided to extend our reading period, but only by a few weeks. The shortlist of forty stories will be announced on or before May 6, and the list of ten finalists will be announced on or before June 6. 

We appreciate the trust you place in The Masters Review by sending us your work, and your patience while we review it. We will keep you updated throughout the process. We are having a lot of fun reading your writing. Thank you, again, for your support! It means a lot to us. 

The Masters Review 


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Another try for Aunt Pokie

Dear Kyle Miller, 

Thank you for sending us your work. We read every piece sent in for review and consider all stories for publication. This book serves as a major endorsement for the writers and we take great care in making our selections. 

Our shortlist of forty stories will be announced no later than April 15, 2016, at which point all submitters will be notified. Amy Hempel will select ten winning writers from that list for publication. Winners will be announced no later than May 15, 2016. This is one of our favorite projects each year, so thank you for your support and your stories. Each of your submissions helps us in our goal to expose talented new writers to a growing readership. 

We look forward to reading your story and thank you for sharing. 

The Masters Review 

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"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." -- Haruki Murakami

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rejection repeater

Dear Mr. Miller,

Thanks so much for submitting to, and for your patience while we evaluated your story. Unfortunately, "Folding Elephants" is not quite right for us. I wish you the best of luck placing it elsewhere.

Best, Submissions Staff

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Another rejection

Dear Kyle, 

Thank you for submitting "Aunt Pokie" for Creative Nonfiction’s Childhood issue and contest. We received nearly 800 submissions, and we've really appreciated reading the great variety of work. It's made competition for space quite tough, though, and after considering your essay carefully we are very sorry to be writing with the news that we will not be able to publish it in the magazine. 

We appreciate your interest in and support of Creative Nonfiction, and hope you’ll consider submitting work to us again in the future. 

With all best wishes, 
CNF Editors