The Good Kind of Rejection Letter

Hi everyone,

I’m sure you’ve seen the news about J.K. Rowling posting her rejection letters to inspire writers to never stop submitting. It really does help to soften the blow of a rejection when you see concrete evidence of famous authors being rejected over and over again before making their big break. Today I woke up to another rejection letter in my inbox, but it actually put me in a great mood. This one, unlike countless others I’ve received before it, has just a tiny hint of hope–an undertone of validation. I’ve blanked out which journal sent it to me just for privacy, but it’s a journal that I’d be overjoyed to be published in one day. I thought I’d share my rejection with you to remind you to look at every step forward as a success, no matter how small. Here it is:

Dear Tamara Drazic,

Thank you so much for submitting to ************. We have read your work with interest, and although we are not accepting it, it did come close. We would love to see more work from you, so please feel free to resubmit during our next reading period.

Again, thanks for sending us your work. We hope to read more from you soon.

Assistant Editors

************

As writers I think it’s so hard to not sink into the everything-I-write-is-rubbish mindset, so it’s important to pick apart your rejection letters and find the positives inside them. Often you’ll just get a standard declined, but when you do get something more, hold on to it. Being rejected is just another thing you have in common with the writers you admire, after all.

Happy writing!

Yours Sincerely,

Tamara Drazic

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6 thoughts on “The Good Kind of Rejection Letter

  1. Great post, Tamara. This definitely sounds like they appreciate your work, and as you have already seen with Spinebind, journals and magazines have to reject a lot of quality submissions simply because they do not have the space to publish it all. I’m sure a lot of rejections are very regretful and this sounds like one of those. Nice that they encourage you to submit again, I have no doubt your day will come! 🙂

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  2. Aw, sorry for the rejection, Tamara, but at least they offered you encouragement! Don’t neglect submitting to them again — sounds as if they WANT to publish you, too!

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