Collecting Rejections

Aside from being uncomfortable, one of my other major goals this year is to collect 50 rejection letters from magazines, online publications, agents, writing residencies, etc. I got the idea from this post: Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year.

Since I work full-time, I decided to cut that number in half and aim for 50 rejections. It is a lot of work after all. In order to even collect one rejection I have to write an essay to completion, get feedback on it, rewrite it, look for places to submit, write up a query letter, and send.

Just reading that makes me want to take a nap. And I don’t nap lightly.

I like the framing of this goal. It acknowledges that even good writers get rejected and that the only way to get published is to submit, submit, submit.

I’m tracking my submissions and rejections in a spreadsheet. So far, I’ve submitted one piece to four online sites. Normally, I’d just pick one place to submit, wait to hear back, and then tinker with the piece again. This submission was time sensitive as it was a commentary on a breaking news story, so I sent it out to four places at once. I got one official rejection email. The rest didn’t get back to me, which at this point, I can mark it as a rejection.

Only 46 more rejections to go!

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