What Your Rejection Letter Really Means

Juggling Writer


Writers are probably the most rejected people in the world. You’d think after all that rejection you’d be able to take a hint. Yet many writers don’t seem to be able to read between the lines when it comes to the contents of their rejection letter.

Here’s a quick anecdote regarding a writer who has become a frequent submitter over at my lit mag Bartleby Snopes. First, some background. We always provide feedback on submissions (unless a writer opts out), but every response starts from a basic template. Our standard template ends with a response that goes a little something like this:

Good luck with this one elsewhere. Feel free to try us again in the future with something new, but please wait at least one month before submitting again.

If you’ve submitted to more than a handful of places, then you’ve probably seen something like this before. Even…

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About WhiteShadow

The writer of these words did not originally want to put words to paper, but to draw the glorious things he saw. However, he could not draw from images in his mind. He could only draw those things he saw that had been drawn by others. He then almost died one day and that urge to draw became the urge to write. Again, however, the fuel was not always there, and before he knew it it was his senior year of high school, and he was tasked to write a 50page novella for a final project. This became the fuel and started his path of being a full-time writer. He may have struggled and may have made no difference in the world of man nor money in his hand, but he still moves forward. He currently is writing a comic book that has an artist who draws the things that are envisioned. Life could be better, but it could be always worse. So he keeps his head low to write but high to live life. This is the story of this man, to know more, read the words he has put into the world of the web. View all posts by WhiteShadow

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