Monday, September 10, 2007

Anderbo No

I got sick of print publication rejections, and thought I'd try my hand at some electronic journal rejections. These also smart, it turns out, and yet cyberkinetically somehow they feel less weighty.
Here's one from the editor at Anderbo:

Rick Rofihe,

Thank you for your recent submission to Anderbo. We have been surprised by the high volume of quality work we receive on a daily basis. Although we have not selected your work for publication, we do wish you the best of luck with it elsewhere. RR/cb


BEK said...

I once had a creative writing class where the teacher handed out the best rejection slip. I will never again feel bad about receiving a generic letter after reading it. The letter was handwritten from an editor of a magazine, and it basically said her writing was all wrong, no writing in this time period should look like that and she shouldn't send more work.

I have a copy of that letter that I look at from time to time for a good laugh and to make my rejection slips not look as bad.

Anonymous said...

I had the same misfortune as you. six hours later, rejection came with an implicit apology.

Rick Rofihe said...

Here's our current rejection e-letter.
-- RR, Editor,

From the editors of Anderbo:

Sorry to say, we will not be using this submitted work, and do wish you the best of luck with it elsewhere. is an all-volunteer organization. We are able to use less than 1/4 of 1% of what comes in; most submissions receive a response within 30 minutes to 48 hours.

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