June 5, 1979
Seattle, WA 98111
Dear “Backbone 2” Editors,
About a week ago I submitted a 30 page short story entitled ‘Mister Roger’s Cul-de-sac’ [Handwritten arrow pointing to sticker reading “This is a crime against women!”] to you for consideration for your magazine (I was careful to send it off before the coveted July 31st deadline).
I consider it to be a well written, and very amusing piece of literature, and well worth an editor’s time to read it. Today it was returned to me without a single remark about why it was rejected. This leads me to believe one of four things:
I have found the vast majority of Northwest publications to be extremely narrow minded, a decade behind the times, and gutless; I’m sure “Backbone 2” will be no exception.
[name and address redacted]
Transcribed by Natalia Shevin
 This sticker was likely added to the author’s submission when it was sent back to him, as a provocative statement that his insensitivity and chauvinism was part of what the feminist movement addressed.
 This handwritten addition was written by staff at Seal Press, making it clear that the author’s submission was not rejected on a literary basis, but rather because Seal Press clearly states it accepts submissions only from women.