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rejection slips
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:31 AM »
paper the walls with rejection slips




and here's a quick and clear 101, the very basics:

http://www.gradhacker.org/2011/07/20/on-publication-tips-from-a-poet/

and a relatively plush database of lit mags (flexible in terms of refining searches):

http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines

and (best yet) a wiki archive / database of rejection slips (and what they mean) from different mags:

http://www.rejectionwiki.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 10:33 AM »
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Beloit Journal yoursubmission@___.org
7:47 AM (2 hours ago)

to ___
Dear ___:

Your manuscript has received a careful reading, but we have decided against holding it for our second round of deliberations. Thank you, though, for giving BPJ the opportunity to consider it. Glad to have seen your work.

Sincerely,

___, Co-editor

2012-06-22 07:47:31 (GMT -4:00)


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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 11:54 AM »
Now this really sucks..


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Board of Devils
6:60+6 AM

Dear Cafe

Thank you for your interest in living in Hell. After reviewing your application, we decided you're a real asshole. There's no way in Hell can you live here. Try a galaxy far far far away, jerk.

Sincerely,

Lucifer III


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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 12:16 PM »
Matt,

funny, yes we've (those who submit) all been there but in all seriousness, you might want to reconsider badmouthing pubs online. It tends to put one in a bad light for future acceptances, if that kind of thing is up  your alley. (no pun intended, just came out)

but it does happen to all of us. Often times, they just can't take everyone, or the poem wasn't the right theme. I never take it personally, besides I've eaten all the worms in my garden for this year.  *hehe*


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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 12:17 PM »
Rg, I will make an exception in your post. Give the devil that bad ass attitude and kick butt!!!!

Board of Devils, indeed. hilarious, was that posted at 6:66 am though???  LOL

Make sure you at least get a latte or a flaming gog of ale before  you burn the rejection slip!

Now this really sucks..


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Board of Devils
5:00 AM

Dear Cafe

Thank you for your interest in living in Hell. After reviewing your application, we decided you're a real asshole. There's no way in Hell can you live here. Try a galaxy far far far away, jerk.

Sincerely,

Lucifer III


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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012, 12:20 PM »
hmmm... i didn't intend it as a badmouth. i expect rejection 10 to 1 if i'm sending out (particularly when sending to higher quality print journals), and take anything else as an unexpected victory.

also, my understanding is that anything from the editor besides an automated message is an ok sign?

i was actually hoping to encourage people at the alley to give it a shot and feel comfortable with "new mistakes" by having rejections slips collected here

but i certainly wouldn't want an editor to think i was mocking.

is that how it comes off?


(and is it better with names omitted, as currently?)

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Re: rejection slips
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2012, 06:44 PM »

in fact, some general discussion / tips / advice about publication, from those of you who know the ropes, might be a good resource to have, somewhere

i have several questions, actually.

although i'm figuring out how to research journals and get a sense of their content pretty quickly, i'm having trouble distinguishing which journals rank where, in terms of how difficult / prestigious it would be to get in.

the ones that aren't hard to get into at all i recognize easily

along with the ones that are quite tough

but it's that ginormous middle range that blurs together


tips?

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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2012, 07:03 PM »
keep on keepin on, rg.

you've just got to find the right journal.... er... dimension? plane of eternal torment?

the right lake of fire?


Now this really sucks..


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Board of Devils
6:60+6 AM

Dear Cafe

Thank you for your interest in living in Hell. After reviewing your application, we decided you're a real asshole. There's no way in Hell can you live here. Try a galaxy far far far away, jerk.

Sincerely,

Lucifer III


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Re: rejection slips: post them proudly
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2012, 08:27 PM »
It did come off that way to me, but I guess I was wrong.

As far as advice, I have a little experience. Just keep submitting. But only send what you feel is your best. Just keep sending, sending, sending.   The main thing is to never stop if that is something you want to achieve. Mary Oliver gave some great advice once that I took literally and am glad I did. She said go for the Anthologies. Yes, it groups you in with other writers, but it gets you into print and widens y our audience. Because those people in the Anthologies are buying the books b/c they are in them :)

Hope something I've said here is of some interest to you!

hmmm... i didn't intend it as a badmouth. i expect rejection 10 to 1 if i'm sending out (particularly when sending to higher quality print journals), and take anything else as an unexpected victory.

also, my understanding is that anything from the editor besides an automated message is an ok sign?

i was actually hoping to encourage people at the alley to give it a shot and feel comfortable with "new mistakes" by having rejections slips collected here

but i certainly wouldn't want an editor to think i was mocking.

is that how it comes off?


(and is it better with names omitted, as currently?)

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Re: rejection slips
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2012, 10:34 PM »


You're correct Kay

It was 6:60+6 Hell time


       
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Re: rejection slips
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012, 10:37 PM »
Then join me in 7th heaven plenty of room :rose :dblu








You're correct Kay

It was 6:60+6 Hell time


     

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Re: rejection slips
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2012, 10:38 PM »
Never forget their names. :dblu :dblu



paper the walls with rejection slips

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and here's a quick and clear 101, the very basics:

http://www.gradhacker.org/2011/07/20/



on-publication-tips-from-a-poet/


and a relatively plush database of lit mags (flexible in terms of refining searches):

http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines

and (best yet) a wiki archive / database of rejection slips (and what they mean) from different mags:

http://www.rejectionwiki.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

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Re: rejection slips
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2012, 08:01 PM »
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Dear Writer:

Thanks for submitting your work to Ninth Letter. We're sorry this submission wasn't right for us. We appreciate your interest in our magazine, and wish you the best of luck placing your work elsewhere.

Sincerely,

The Editors
Ninth Letter

2012-06-25 11:45:25 (GMT -5:00)

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duotrope
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2012, 12:40 PM »
Duotrope is by far the best lit mag database, search engine, and submission tracker I've encountered. Check it out if you're considering finding homes for your poems, or just want to learn more about the landscape of contemporary poetry mags:

https://duotrope.com/