Rejections are a part of every writer’s life.
My work has been published several times, and publication no longer brings me the sort of thrill it used to years ago. It is more of a temporary relief, a sort of sigh–ah maybe my work is not all that bad then.
This year I’ve decided to submit more of my work–because I’m writing short pieces again, and have found a bunch of pieces haven’t been through the submission wringer.
So this year, my goal is 150 rejections.
The premise is that if we embrace rejections, they will lose (some of) their sting. The more we submit, the more we narrow down the options of finding a home for a particular piece.
After a certain level of writing, acceptance is subjective. We live in a publishing world where more people want to publish than ones who want to read and subscribe, so naturally, demand is much shorter than supply, and rejection a way of life for all of us.
In my journey towards 150, I wished for some companions, so I sent out this tweet. We now have a group on Facebook: We Embrace Rejections. It is small and private to begin with, but I’m happy with the growing list of writers of varied writing and submission experiences from all over the world.
If you’re on Facebook, and would like to join the We Embrace Rejections group, send a message to this ID.
Mention that you read about the group in this post, and what your goals are. Submissions can be for short or long fiction or non-fiction, residencies, fellowships, grants, you name it. The idea is to access as many opportunities as possible, and create a positive shared space to cheer and support each other.
In case you’re curious, following will be the group topics:
1. #INTRODUCTION A thread to introduce yourself
2. #SUBGOALS A weekly post each Friday where we post how many we propose to submit that week, and when. For 150 a year, we need to make at least 3 submissions a week.
3. #SUBSTATS Another post each Thursday, checking on how many we submitted.
4. #CALLFORSUBS A thread where we each share call for submissions. I’ll share a few each week.
5. #CALLFORBETAS A biweekly thread where we ask each other for beta reads by mentioning what genre, length, and deadline by when we want the read done. This should ideally be based on exchanges, and we should link to our blogs/ publication history while doing this so we find a good match
6. #RAVEANDRANTS A weekly rave and rant thread where we can commiserate on the rejections and rejoice in the acceptances.
7. #CALLFORSUPPORT A weekly thread, where we can post throughout the week for any support needed.
Oh, and in other news, one the submissions I made this year placed third at the International Strands Magazine Competition, so that has been a good nudge to keep sending those pieces out.
Dear writers, do you embrace rejections?
Would you like to be part of the We Embrace Rejections Group?
This post was written for IWSG: Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for organizing and hosting the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) every month! Go to the site to see the other participants. In this group we writers share tips, self-doubt, insecurities, and of course, discuss the act of writing. If you’re a writer and a blogger, go join rightaway!
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