I took a look at the story I sent to Clarion West, and I kind of wish I didn’t. One of my beta readers got back to me late, and through him I realized I had a spelling mistake (wrote “ascent” when I meant “assent”) and an apostrophe omission despite double-checking for typos. While I heard that a slip-up or two won’t break the deal, I still facepalmed at my carelessness. There’s nothing I can do about it, because changes aren’t allowed once submissions are sent. Uuuugh.
Seems that double-checking isn’t good enough. At least this teaches me to triple-check for my Clarion UCSD submissions, and submissions in general. Doesn’t hurt to be too careful.