As predicted I got a couple of angry responses from writers who claimed I shouldn't have rejected them. These are just like the students I had in the one class I taught at the college level. They complained loudly about their poor grades. Then I opened the attendance record and pointed out they'd attended class less than a fourth of the time. Maybe, just maybe, that might have been a factor.I want to be clear, we don't do critiques, these folks were outraged at how we could reject their story. "But I followed the guidelines."
Nope, it was my fault the students didn't learn nothin. And, the writers who attacked us for rejecting their story were, without fail, in the bottom ten percent of the stories we got--not even close to getting published.
I think my next anthology, if there even is one, will go back to invitation only.