Roundup: Getting Rejected

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In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on getting rejected.

In baseball, if you get out seven times out of ten, you’re considered a great hitter. You’re considered great at what you do. Like baseball players, writers have to face rejection, and they have to face it most of the time. 

From Ploughshares:

  • In “Many Forms of Rejection,” Thomas Lee writes, “If there is an award for taking rejection without being fazed, I’m pretty sure I could win.”

From Around the Web:

  • From Gotham Writers’ Workshop – Authors who got rejected a bunch before publishing stuff: Almost everyone. But also, Ray Bradbury, John Grisham, Louis L’Amour…
  • Ever heard of The Rejected Quarterly? They require submitters to include at least five rejection slips from other publications along with each manuscript.


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