Rejection: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Thanks very much for sending this story; I apologize for taking this long to get back to you. I’m very sorry it’s not quite right for me. I thought it had a very strong and intense vibe and mood, to the world and the society and the narrator’s mindset, and I found the narrator’s life musings interesting and their gumption in the face of such harsh treatment very sympathetic, but the story felt to me so starkly harsh that I was wondering why this world and its people were that way, but the story had left some background things less developed or unanswered, which for me, even in a story of such short length (where the quicker pace and lighter coverage often forestalls my mind asking questions), I couldn’t completely suspend my disbelief; such as why the father was so thoroughly nasty, how this world had settled upon such harsh laws or
customs, and why the narrator didn’t for example up and leave and go make their own way in the world.

I really appreciate your interest in the magazine! I hope you will please send more when you have it; I always enjoy reading your uniquely unusual take on things.

Very best,
[name redacted]

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