Subject: Poetry Rejection and Death by Bloody Mary
Hey There [NAME],
Don’t remember your name. Never heard of you.
Saw the poem. Hard pass.
THIS EMAIL HAS BEEN CURSED ONCE OPENED YOU MUST SEND IT.
You are now cursed. You must start a lit mag and reject 12 other people by midnight or you will be killed.
Tonight at midnight, you will be killed by Bloody Mary. I am not kidding.
Don’t think you can just log this rejection on your little spreadsheet and get out of it now. Bloody Mary is coming for you and she will give you tiny papercuts and poor eyesight and carpal tunnel and poor posture and did we mention YOU WILL DIE?
Best of luck with the poetry.
Renee Agatep is a poet and short story writer living in Florida. She is a 2020 Best of the Net nominee. Her work has appeared in many places – most notably a 5-line story written during orchestra practice that focused on the adventures of Angela Lansbury. She can be found on Twitter @GoingbyRenee
image: Alan Tenhoeve