I wanted to share with you the difficulty of placing even a good story these days. Editors say they want different, well-written, yadda, yadda, but send them a truly different story, and they can't place it.
I've been sending this magical realism tale out- it's a lot of wordplay, a la Lewis Carroll or James Joyce. Editors claim to love it, but so far it has not found a home. Here are some of the comments I've received:
Enjoyable, not our style.
Beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed. Loved your use of language and words
Great opening and premise- unique, semi-surreal.
Loved this whimsical story. Co-editor doesn’t like whimsy.
Beautifully written and very humorous. We like darker.
It was well received here- second round consideration.
I really enjoyed the fun and creative use of language: this sort of poetic word-play is one of the ways that writing can be made really beautiful. This was also a very nice story, with a fun (if predictable) twist and a clever moral. I do hope you'll consider sending us more of your work in the future.
I couldn't decide if this story was utterly brilliant or just too clever for its own good.
I enjoyed this charming, engaging tale very much.