I keep a log of the short stories I submit, including where and when, and any response I receive. I’m almost ready to close the door on 2011, but I still have one submission pending from August.
Not that I’m irritated or impatient. At the time I submitted, I knew the market was one that responded slowly. It’s a nifty little magazine, one I enjoy reading, so they can take as long as they want!
Just received a rejection for another story hanging out there since November 2011. I updated my records, looked at all the submissions and rejections, and realized I’m down to just this one open matter before I close that 2011 door.