Rejections: How to Vent

  Rejection does indeed suck, but when it is a rejection peppered with insults it takes on a whole new meaning. I received a rejection for my manuscript recently. I have received several rejections over the years, but most have been kind and encouraging. Not this...

Rejection: A New Opportunity

In the fall of 2008, I submitted a short story of historic fiction called “Libby’s Choice,” set in 1905. The editor, Kate Pufal, at History Press at the time wrote me the most beautiful rejection letter. It stated that my story was a good one and...

Rejections: Toasting Confidence

I think the best rejections are really just flawed acceptances. The best rejection I ever received was an email from Speer Morgan at The Missouri Review. It pertained to a piece that I was really proud of, and one that I was hoping would find its way in at one of the...

Rejections: Treasuring the Bite

I like the sheer sense of got-me-on-a-bad-day invective in them. Dear editors, I’m sending you these for the rejections series. They are from one Shelagh Nugent, who was the editor of a mag called Peninsular. The first reads: These stories are well written +...

Rejections: So Close

  Can you get accepted and rejected in one fell swoop? Can they kill two birds with one stone. Sort of. Get this: Gordon Lish at The Quarterly accepted a story of mine called “Following Questions.” He sent a hand-written note announcing the news and...