This post from Liz Kay’s blog was super helpful for me in interpreting rejections to my work. I hope you’ll find it helpful too!
I’ve talked before about publication, but most of my advice has had to do with how to initiate a submission, and now I want to talk about what to do when you get a response. We’ve been sending a lot of responses at burntdistrict the past few weeks. Obviously, everyone is hoping for the acceptance (really, on our side too) but there are basically four other responses that you might get (from any journal).
1 The Form Rejection (though honestly I prefer to call it a decline): This rejection means nothing. Or it means many things. It means so many things it’s impossible to cull the meaning from it. It might mean that your work is so awful the editors couldn’t bear to read past the second line. It could mean that your work is really spectacular, but not in an aesthetic the journal normally prints. It could mean that your poem…
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