Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Soul Searching Rejection

I like this rejection. It's like at McSweeney's they tried really hard to find a place for your beautiful work, but they just couldn't quite find the perfect spot for it.  And whilst this is probably not exactly representative of their process of rejecting, I think it is a classy no-blame way to accomplish the task:
Dear [First name Last name]: Thank you for sending us "Title of piece". We rely on submissions like yours since a good portion of what we publish comes to us unsolicited. Unfortunately, we can't find a place for this piece in our next few issues. But please feel free to submit again in the future as our tastes and needs continuously change. Thanks again for your efforts and letting us see your work. Sincerely, Chelsea Hogue, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern


KSV Woolfoot said...

Hey W.R. - I just stumbled into your blog while researching Melanie Jackson. (I learned - here and elsewhere - that if Jesus was looking for a book deal, he'd probably have to work up his nerve to query her). So thanks for that, and for following through on this good idea for a blog. I enjoyed what I read and what great pictures! Obviously you are some kind of genius and I salute you.

Anonymous said...

don't worry man, i find it much easier to get on a major record label then get published here.