Friday, July 11, 2008

You Are Not Beautiful in the Right Way

An anonymous writer sent this one in from an anonymous fiction editor at an anonymous pretentious quarterly newly founded in the middle of our great land: "We appreciated the opportunity to read your submission, [title of work]. Unfortunately, however, we did not feel it fit our aesthetic. Clearly you are talented, and we wish you luck in placing your work elsewhere. We hope you will visit our site and see what we have selected to get a better picture of our aesthetic."
The anonymous writer, however, reports that he is not planning to visit the website in order to change his writing to match the quarterly's aesthetic. Note that the word is used twice in the short rejection...now that's gumption.   

4 comments:

Joey said...

Who wants to bet this a non-paying, online-only magazine (err, quarterly)?

Anonymous said...

You're right, Anonymous writer -- don't change to try to fit their assthetic.

Poor Struggler said...

I don't think it's gumption to use the same word twice in one paragraph. Just plain laziness. That is to say, laziness.

Anonymous said...

Can you think of a synonym for "aesthetic"? Nevermind rewording the sentence to get rid of the word completely. That's no fun.