On Differences Between Prose and Poetry Rejections

Here’s a thought: Somehow, it’s less disturbing to receive a rejection of a single short story or essay than it is to receive a rejection of (a batch of) five poems. (They couldn’t find one poem worth publishing???)

Discuss.

4 thoughts on “On Differences Between Prose and Poetry Rejections

  1. Oronte Churm says:

    Could be worse: What if you only had three poems to your name, so you can’t send them the bunch they want?

  2. Erika D. says:

    That’s true! But many seek “up to five,” so there’s hope yet!

  3. Lisa R. says:

    Or, take my friend Tara’s view of it: The editor probably only scanned the first one or two, didn’t like those, never read the other three and sent it all back….well, Tara has a way of looking at things such that she feels GOOD after a rejection, instead of bad. I try to be like Tara !

  4. Erika D. says:

    Well, that’s another perspective. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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