Hello fellow writers out there!
Well this week was a tough one. My work was rejected 4 times! But I know we’ve all been there. So I’m attaching my rejection letters here to inspire us to keep chipping away.
My motto is: Every new rejection paves the path for SUCCESS! It can be hard to read these and think, but what if this means I’m not talented?! Especially when they are just form letters. But I just try to remember, THEY AREN’T PERSONAL. Hopefully-reading these will make everyone feel: We’re all in this together!
Form rejections letters I’ve received this week:
We regret to inform you that your story did not make the cut this time. Please understand that we receive hundreds of wonderful and unique submissions each week, and cannot accept them all. But we especially cannot accept yours. It was not wonderful or unique in any way. You should consider never writing again.
Best of Luck,
[Literary Magazine Editor]
Dear Ms. Sanchez,
Thank you for submitting your piece to [our magazine]. Unfortunately we will not be accepting it for publication in this issue. Please remember that this is a very subjective business, and so another publication may feel differently. Though we very much doubt it. In only 700 words we were able to (not only) ascertain that this piece of writing was worthless, but your entire life. Thanks for considering us!
[Prestigious Literary Website]
Thanks for letting us take a look at your materials and forgive us for responding with a form letter. The volume of work we receive, however, makes it impossible to correspond with everyone personally. Unfortunately, the project you describe does not suit our list at this time. This is because it is garbage. You are also garbage.
This being said, we wish you the best of luck at finding an agent for this steaming dump of a novel. You’ll need it. I can’t imagine another human loving it, or you. We looked up a few of your Facebook pictures. How do you sleep at night knowing you have to leave the house looking like that in the morning? Several of us threw up at a picture of you in a sleeveless dress. Did someone invite you to a wedding or freak show? Those arms. Eww. Seriously. EWWWWWWWW.
Again, apologies for the form letter, and thanks for letting us consider your materials.
[Literally Management Agency]
Dear Sir or Madam,
Thank you for giving me the chance to consider your work! I’m afraid it doesn’t seem like I would be the right person to represent this project effectively because you should kill yourself and I don’t represent ghosts.
It is easy for young writers like you to get discouraged by rejection in this industry, and that makes me glad. Because you should absolutely feel the full weight of your failure here. You are not only bad at writing but literally everything. I called your high school math teacher, and boy does he still hate you.
Many writers get better with practice! You will not. Normally I would say that I look forward to reading your future work (if you choose to submit to us again), but in this case, that would make me sad because it would mean you are not dead yet. And literally-you being lowered into a shallow grave has become my greatest wish.
I don’t think anyone would cry at your funeral.
With deep regrets that someone as terrible and untalented as you walks the Earth,
New York, New York
So there you have it! Sometimes it can be hard not to take these personally, but like Dory says “Just Keep Swimming. Just Keep Swimming!” If you love writing, you just have to KEEP AT IT. Post any rejection or better yet ACCEPTION letters you received this week in the comment section. WE CAN DO IT!!!