For several years I’ve mulled over the idea of rejection. I’ve written hybrid lectures on it (one of them can be found here.) I’ve dug up the word to find the roots (Latin in origin, “a throwing back”). I have seen its myriad blossoms and handled its thorns. It stings but never enough to leave this garden.
Rejections are not to be feared. It shouldn’t paralyze a writer. Rejections happen to everyone, nearly to every piece. Most often we don’t see this. However, I believe firmly in the importance of visibility. I believe if we discussed it more we could encourage emerging and established writers alike; we could set realistic expectations. By sharing numbers, we can have a shared experience and build a stronger literary community.
So here is my manifesto, my small gift, my throwing back.
I want to share not only my acceptances with you, but also how many times those particular pieces were rejected. I will share this information on Twitter (@mschmeltzer01, using the hashtag #rejectionrounds as named by @celloandbow) and on this site. Perhaps by doing so I can help someone laugh at rejections for the devil hates being mocked. Let’s spotlight rejection. Let’s keep writing together.