So What’s the Worst Rejection You’ve Ever Had?

Oh, rejections- just part of writing, really. I admit that I don’t much mind the form-letter rejections, since it only means I am free to flip the story around to another market. Keeping my nose to the grindstone, as it were.

I can honestly say I’ve never felt personally attacked by a rejection, but others really don’t take it well.  I obviously feel a twinge when I have high hopes for a story, only to have those hopes dashed, but man, I don’t ever want to be bitter!

Recently, I had my worst rejection: I sent a submission to an anthology that I thought I had a good shot at.  Well, a good amount of time went by and The anthology went to social media and posted the table of contents.

I wasn’t on there, and I hadn’t received a rejection. Yikes! So, I emailed the contest manager asking if I could get a formal rejection so that I could put it to bed. I got a one-line reply confirming that the anthology was full, and then below it was written, “please forgive me.”

Well, ok then.

5 thoughts on “So What’s the Worst Rejection You’ve Ever Had?

    • I don’t know, that’s not good. I’d query to get a one-line rejection so you can move on. I do that when I haven’t heard anything in a reasonable amount of time.

      • Nope it’s not good, I agree, but I think it’s a symptom of agents and publishers being swamped with queries these days. I guess I just take it when they say, “if you don’t hear from us within two weeks then, blah, blah, blah.” I think I might just adopt your policy, though, because no matter how busy these guys are, there’s no excuse for not sending out even a generic rejection. That’s just plain rude.

  1. Exactly. And if you don’t get a rejection, maybe send a withdrawal email so that you can’t be accused of sending out simultaneous submissions if the story gets taken elsewhere. Allllll about the paper trail!

  2. I had the EXACT same thing happen to me. I thought I had a good shot at the anthology–they said the wait time would be 1-2 months, and almost 5 went by. I was starting to get worried my submission had gotten lost when they put up the shortlist on social media. It ticked me off in a way a rejection letter (or lack there of) hasn’t in quite a while. 😓

    The “please forgive me” is interesting though… 😃

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