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THE JOY OF BEING turned down

Lorraine Mace describes why a story getting rejected put a massive smile on her face

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I’ve just received a rejection from a weekly magazine for a short story I’d submitted a couple of weeks ago and it’s made me really happy. The email didn’t go into a great deal of detail, but the wording was sufficient to tell me exactly what was wrong with the story. ‘Unfortunately, we felt the storyline was a little too weak to hold the reader’s interest. Sorry we’re unable to use it.’ I wasn’t at all surprised because I hadn’t been altogether satisfied with the plot myself.

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How can you get your writing to the readers it deserves? In this month's issue of Writing Magazine we look at how to generate new freelance opportunities and how and why the flourishing independent press scene may be your best bet. First though, if you're a new writer you need to read our guide to finding and fixing those rookie mistakes in How Not to Be a Bad Writer. This month's star interview is the man with the golden pen Anthony Horowitz, talking about bringing back Bond and maintaining his impressive hit rate. Keep up to date with all the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print with Writers' News – there's £37,240 in writing prizes to be won!