I submitted a piece for consideration in a collection of stories that was to be bound and published. I would be “paid” with a copy of the book. The editors wrote me and told me they had accepted my piece and wanted more information about me.
This was a year and a half or so ago.
Just this past week I got another email saying that my piece doesn’t fit with the theme of the book and they’ve decided to cut it afterall, so very sorry.
Oh, well. I was actually really shocked that piece was even considered. I don’t actually like it.