The British Journal of Aesthetics rejected my paper, “Doctor Who and the Paradox of Fiction”, but in a rather nice way:
This paper makes some interesting suggestions about how we should understand the nature of our emotional responses to fictions… All in all, what we have here is some good but not very closely connected points which are or might be worth making within a bigger project on emotions in fiction. The are not, on their own, of sufficient interest to justify a longish piece of this size. Perhaps it might be reworked into a shorter comment piece.
Although I was initially rather disappointed, the window is open here for a reworked shorter piece so I should definitely pursue this. Also, I received my peer review in about a month – which is absolutely incredible for a major journal.