Friday, November 4, 2011

CAPS-FLATTERY-BEFORE-SALES-MESSAGE REJECTION

This fresh rejection is from AGNI:
Dear Writer: Thank you for giving AGNI the opportunity to read your work. We found the writing lively and interesting and enjoyed reading it. After careful consideration, we've decided that this manuscript isn't right for us, but please consider sending other work in the future. THIS IS NOT OUR CUSTOMARY REJECTION SLIP. Kind regards, The Editors PS: Without submissions like yours, we'd lose the sense of discovery that keeps AGNI fresh. Please see the other side for a discounted subscription rate offered as a thank-you to our submitters.

5 comments:

ANONYMOUS said...

THAT IS THEIR CUSTOMARY REJECTION SLIP, IF YOUR WRITING STRIKES THEM AS COMING FROM A PERSON INCLINED TO SUBSCRIBE TO LITERARY JOURNALS.

just another curmudgeonly ranter said...

Why is "AGNI" in caps? I notice this trend with other lit mags, such as "RATTLE," "HEAT," and others I can't remember off the top of my head. Browse Duotrope and you'll find about 0.5% of the paying markets and 1% of the non-paying zines do this (excluding pubs whose name is an acronym). Not a lot, but it's noticeable.

But why? If your magazine's name is not an acronym, why the pretension? It's annoying, it's overdone, it's an inconvenience for anyone who has to write the name properly. God forbid somebody write the name in proper title case and they get jumped on for being un-literary.

Frankly, when I see a magazine that insists on spelling itself in caps, I see of an entity that's trying too hard to be hip. Get over yourselves CAPS MAGAZINES!

Radek said...

I got the same rejection once but they offered me the first issue for free if I subscribed for 5 years, with no discount.

Radek said...

chill just another guy...!
let bring IN the energy With BIG CAPS
and leave the proper crap to wallflower journals,nerdy boring crap...

I'm supporting RATTLE because they gave nice personal rejections before.
so let RATTLE keep the caps.

Cari Hislop said...

THIS IS NOT OUR CUSTOMARY NOTICE TELLING AUTHORS TO STICK THEIR BADLY WRITTEN TRIPE UP THEIR GAZOOS - THIS IS A SINCERE ATTEMPT TO SWEETEN YOU UP TO FACILITATE THE ACQUISITION OF YOUR HARD EARNED CASH. Subscribe to our literary magazine and after we read your second cra*y submission we'll give you 2% off your next year's prescription. With inflation it should only cost you an extra 50 US$. Please befriend us on Facehook and make sure you tell all your friends that we read your submission. Thank you and have a nice day.