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Author's Note:
I just thought I'd post this for fun, this has got to be my millionth rejection. I like the part about me having guts, heehe. I can't believe they actually mentioned me thought usually I just get..."you're not right for our magazine, please submit in the future." Anyways, enjoy! =D

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for submitting to our magazine. We enjoyed
reading your poems - it's rare for an 18-year old to be
submitting. You've definitely got guts, and talent.
Unfortunately, we aren't able to use your poems. We
know it is so difficult to break into the publishing
world, and we're sorry we aren't able to give you the
recognition you deserve. Please feel free to submit
again in the future. We wish you the best of luck in
your writing career.

"God grant me distraction."


The following comments are for "Yes, Another One!"
by Darkshine Raven

Is it really rare for eighteen-year-olds to submit stuff? I guess it is to this publication, at least.

At least this is a kind one. Man, I've gotten some nasty ones. "How DARE you dirty us with your crap!" Well, those weren't their *exact* words, but that was the general tone.

Keep on truckin'.

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: November 17, 2003 )

re: rejected
I agree with Elphaba (the multiple-published one) that the rejection letter is decent and encouraging. At least they didn't send you an impersonal, pre-printed, form letter.

I had no idea you are 18. I agree you have mucho talent. Gobs of talent, in fact.

Curious as to the name of the publication and what other publications you are sending poetry to. Are you trying some of the smaller zines? You'd be surprised at some of the quality poets that appear in some of them. I used to do some ocassional editing for a now defunct zine called "Poked With Sticks." A few of your poems I've seen on would have been accepted. So hang in there. It's only a matter of time.

When I was 18, I submitted some poems to the New Yorker, Angel Hair, and N.W. Poetry Review. I got "form" rejection slips back so fast it made my head spin. To this day I chuckle at how naive I was.

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: November 19, 2003 )

Now it's my turn to agree with gomarsoap (also multi-published! :)), that small presses are good places to begin. They just seem to be so much more receptive to new and unpublished writers, and a hell of a lot nicer and more understanding. Way back when, I submitted to Atlantic Monthly, Weird Tales, Alfred Hitchcock...and, well, needless to say, they weren't interested (and Weird Tales were the meanies, who then turned around and tried to sell me a subscription).

Did you ever try Glimmer Train, DS?

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: November 19, 2003 )

Actually, to answer your questions I have only submitted to smaller poetry magazines. I know better than to shoot for the big time too soon. And I agree this rejection letter is incredibly kind. I was expecting that when I did finally get a rejection letter where the editor actually responded, it would be with ways to improve my poetry.

In the past, I feel a large amount of the rejections I've received have been due to my age. I started sending stuff in about a year and half ago and I got a lot of really impersonal stuff and mentions of looking into magazines for "teenagers" and more insultingly "children". I never liked that idea.

Oh and Elpha, I have a few poems entered in Glimmer Train's poetry open *got her fingers crossed* and I plan on entering a short story. This is the third time you've recommended them to me, I'm curious as to why? =D

And Gomar...thanks for the compliment, it means alot. =D

( Posted by: Darkshine Raven [Member] On: November 19, 2003 )

Age, pshaw
DS, I think I keep asking because I'm getting old and frazzled and can't remember if you've answered me or not. I'm not even going to put a little winky-face there. You should see me with names.

When I read your writing, I don't see why editors would categorize it as being "right" or "better" in teen or children's magazines, so I understand why wouldn't like it.

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: November 19, 2003 )

That's supposed to read, "so I understand why YOU wouldn't like it."

( Posted by: Elphaba [Member] On: November 19, 2003 )

Isn't it a shame...
...that editors wet their pants at the thought of publishing a young persons work? I'm 14 and it seems that playing the age card in a query letter is like digging your own grave. When will the predujice(sp?) end?

( Posted by: craigy1990 [Member] On: January 14, 2005 )

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