editor, THE REJECTS
"In 2018, I decided on the New Years resolution of sending out at least one poetry submission a month. That decision resulted in a lot of rejection letters, but also eventually resulted in me being published."
-The Loneliest Age (Chapbook from Kelsay Books)
-Over 75 poems published in 2020 and more publications forthcoming
-I spent some time on a poetry workshop website called “Pig Pen Poetry” before being published, and am actually quite comfortable giving feedback on poems. That website's main rule was that you had to critique poems to have your own poems critiqued, so I got a lot of practice in giving feedback. I still visit that website sometimes and critique a poem here and there.
Richard on Rejection
I only started having success with my writing in 2019. However, I started writing poetry when I was in high school (graduated in 1999). That means it took around twenty years for me to get to this point. I experienced many rejections during that time. My worse rejection was from a publication called “The Pottersfield Portfolio.” They actually accepted a poem of mine and offered me ten dollars as payment. A few months later, they sent me a letter explaining how they had lost their grant and were discontinuing publishing, so I never got published or paid. This lead me to giving up on writing for a while, but I returned to it in 2017 through a poetry workshop site called “Pig Pen Poetry.” In 2018, I decided on the New Years resolution of sending out at least one poetry submission a month. That decision resulted in a lot of rejection letters, but also eventually resulted in me being published. From that point onwards, rejection just became part of the process of being a published writer to me.
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