Of all the various words bandied about yesterday for submission (and thanks, David, AD, and Lorna for your refreshing suggestions), right now I'm favouring, of all things, circulation. Assertion is forceful -- it has a raised finger -- but doesn't one get tired of raising one's finger all the time, especially if one is repeatedly turned down or ignored? (Same for presentation, invitation, permission, emission, etc.) Circulation is emotionally neutral, yet healthy for the breath and blood. It suggests traffic, pedestrians, flowing water. The idea is to keep those poems circulating. So I've replaced the word Submissions with Circulations on my computer files having to do with such things. (And if I don't like what I'm circulating, it can always go into the circular file.)
Now, as for that other downer-word, "rejections". As I said, it could use a facelift... even if the face falls down after a while. (It's the while that counts here...who knows how long my own while will last?)
Let's see. Without going to absurd lengths of euphemistic dishonesty (or, on the other hand, feeding fulminations of anger) -- Delays. Deferments. Oversights. Bidings for time. Passes. Passovers. Elisions. Skips. Deflections. Suggestions?