Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rare Specimen: A New Yorker Acceptance

I love Ann Beattie stories. I taught them once in Freshman English in the 1990s. Here is an acceptance she got after 13 straight rejections over the course of 21 months*:
                                                                                     November 1973       
Dear Ann Beattie:
Oh, joy...
Yes, we are taking A PLATONIC RELATIONSHIP, and I think this is just about the best news of the year. Maybe it isn't the best news for you, but there is nothing that gives me more pleasure (well, almost nothing) than at last sending an enthusiastic yes to a writer who has persisted through as many rejections and rebuffs as you have. It's a fine story, I think — original, strong, and true.
Roger Angell
The New Yorker
*Courtesy: The New Yorker and the World It Made by Ben Yagoda (Scribner, 2000)


Heynonnynymous said...

Hello? You win a big award from Writer's Digest and yet still feel like you can get away with a full frontal male nude photo on the top of your blog? You got ball, W,R. I'll give you that.

Writer, Rejected said...


Heynonnynymous said...

But I see his man member. Do you see it? I'm not like that kid in that movie who was the only one seeing dead people, am I? It is right there in my face.

Writer, Rejected said...

It is supposed to be a picture of the joy one would experience when receiving a New Yorker acceptance. That's what I see.

The Oceanside Animals said...

They *DO* exist!