Monday, August 16, 2010
Some of the Rejection Notes I've Gotten Lately
From A cappella Zoo:
"Thank you for submitting "Benign," but we've decided that isn't the best venue for this story."
"Thank you for sending us "Benign". We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us. That said, it is a strong piece and I both wish you luck with it and encourage you to submit again."
From The Los Angeles Review:
"Thank you for submitting to The Los Angeles Review. While we have read your work with interest, it does not meet our editorial needs at this time. We appreciate your efforts, and wish you all the best in placing this work elsewhere. "
From Camera Obscura:
"Thanks so much for letting us read your work. We do so appreciate your interest in the Journal and that your chose to entrust your story with us. Unfortunately, this story was not chosen for publication. We wish you much success with your writing."
From my brief semester as a Fourteen Hills staffer, I know the art of typing up the rejection letter is a fine one. In a rejection, you never encourage an author's writing unless you mean it, because when you say, "please submit again," they will submit again. I find each of these rejection notices encouraging in their own way. But goddammit, somebody publish my story because it's short and weird and I don't know what to add or remove to make it more appealing!
P.S. I use Duotrope for all my "trying to be a real writer who actually submits things for publication" needs.
P.P.S. Is "gotten" an acceptable term? Or is it like "boughten," which I accidentally say all the time?