I'm going to juxtapose a couple of links here. First, here's an excerpt from an interview with Steve Almond
, in which he talks about a story of his that received forty rejections, but finally won a Pushcart. As Steve Almond comments, "You just have to go, 'Okay, fine, I'm going to ignore that rejection,' because those are the odds."
Now here's Sven Birkerts on how he processes the slushpile at Agni
. Strikingly, while selling a story is usually the laborious work of months or years, rejecting a story can be the impulsive work of a few seconds.
I should pursue this thought further tomorrow.