If you’ve spent any time trying to place creative work for publication, you’ve probably experienced what seems like more than your fair share of rejection. Your stuff is good, after all. The thing is, thousands of people have good stuff.
It’s the piece you got into your MFA program with? Great. That just meant it has promise. It workshopped well? That’s another step, I guess. Your professor, a well-respected, accomplished writer, really, really believes in it in its current form? Then keep submitting.
Until the acceptance letter comes, you’ll get lots and lots of gentle letdowns and maybe a few unintentionally terse rejections. Get them out of the way. Don’t take them personally. Editors, like writers, are highly subjective and idiosyncratic. They have to be. If you’ve written a something you know is ready, something that has been revised and re-written and imploded and rebuilt and exists now in the…
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