06-20-2010, 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by a_r_williams
I have questions about BCS’s policy regarding stories that have previously been rejected by BCS.
1. Does BCS accept stories that have been rejected before if they have undergone significant revisions?
2. If resubmissions are allowed, ....
Good question–thanks for asking.
No, we do not accept unsolicited rewrites of stories that we’ve already rejected. (That is a pretty much universal policy among short fiction markets–I don’t know of any magazine that does accept them.)
What we do do is that if we think a submitted story is not quite right for us but might could be made to work for us with revisions, we offer the author a rewrite request.
We do get asked often about unsolicited rewrites, and I think it’s because we make specific personalized comments in all our rejection letters.
We intend those comments as explanation of why that particular story didn’t work for us. Hopefully they give the author some insight into what we are looking for as relates to their own work.
Our hope is that that insight will help them to make their next submission better fit what we’re looking for. And we have seen that happen repeatedly–writers who’ve had stories rejected by us sending in another one that fits BCS perfectly.