Hi Miss Snark,
Please sign me up for the idiot post. (sorry that position has been filled by the nitwit who sent me a query letter, then followed up with an email with attachments)
I made my first short-short story submission to a literary magazine in Canada. I sent my cover letter, the properly-formatted manuscript and the SASE like a good little wannabe writer. The problem? I didn't know the Canadian postage gods had upped the basic mail price from $.50 to $.51 on January 16, 2006, so my SASE is short $.01 in postage. (Those Canadians...they have it in for us!)
I know the external envelop had enough postage because it was over the basic weight limit and had to be paid for without lettermail stamps, so they got my submission. The question is, will I get my rejection letter? It's been almost six weeks.
Although I have been blissfully ripping off Canada Post since January, the other envelops I have sent to family and friends in various provinces have made it without hiccup (good thing, too, seeing as one was a 50th anniversary card for my grandparents). So if the journal staff don’t toss the SASE because it has insufficient postage and send it back to me, there's a good chance I'll get it, especially if the Post Office says "insufficient postage" as the return to sender is also me.
Which option do you recommend?
A.- Contact journal and ask whether a) they've noticed or b) I should resend
B. - Assume they junked it and resend
C. - Assume they junked it, resend, and explain why I'm submitting something they may have already rejected and sent back to me and which may or may not be lost in the postal ether
D - Wait another six weeks and see what happens.
What is this thing y'all have with explaining fuck ups? No one cares! Honest! It happens. Even to the great unfuckable Miss Snark...oh wait, that came out wrong I think.
I vote for D, and then B. Leave explanations for your spouse as to why the Chevy has a dent in the fender and the gin pail must surely have sprung a leak.