Not dejected over rejection

No matter how well it is worded, a rejection is still a rejection.  On August 6, I sent The Sun magazine my essay about visiting an old flame in Croatia.  On August 31, I received the following letter, which I thought was very nicely worded, although the outcome was not a desirable one:


“Thanks for sending us your work, but it’s not right for The Sun.

“This isn’t a reflection on your writing.  We pick perhaps one out of a hundred submissions, and the selection process is highly subjective, something of a mystery even to us.  There’s no telling what we’ll fall in love with, what we’ll let get away.

“We rarely respond personally to submissions, as the number of manuscripts we receive makes this difficult.  We’re aware that writing is hard work, and that writers merit some acknowledgment.  A form letter doesn’t speak to that need.  Please know, however, that we’ve read your work, and appreciate your interest in the magazine.

“We wish you the best in placing your writing elsewhere.

“Sy Safransky
“Editor, The Sun

“P.S.  We’ve returned your work if sufficient postage was included.  If not, we assumed we could recycle it.”


I was impressed with the quick turn around, less than a month, because I was led to believe that it would take from three to six months, maybe longer, to get a response.  For this reason, I have decided to send more essays to The Sun.  What have I got to lose?  The reward:  $300-$3,000 depending on length and quality.

8 Responses to “Not dejected over rejection”

  1. musings Says:

    Wow! That is a very nice rejection letter and it looks like it was a personally written one. Glad to see you’ll be sending them more.

  2. Mare Says:

    I agree with Kay about the nice tone of the letter. Keep trying, and one of them may be the winner!! Keep us posted.

  3. cloudia Says:

    Good for you for putting it out there, GiGi!
    Sy is a nice guy, and the SUN is a worthy magazine to read OR contribute to. I steal quotes from them all the time ;-]

    Aloha neighbor!

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Certainly better than some of the ones I’ve gotten, but every now and then there’s the nice one that makes you glad you sent stuff to them even if they do reject it!



  5. LizKauai Says:

    Gotta collect a few no’s to get a yes… Good attitude, gigi!

  6. kavita Says:

    The way the letter sounds it looks like that they are keen on hearing more of you…..keep on writing and get the reward….

  7. Joy Says:

    That was a nice rejection letter. They gave it a personal touch.

  8. Jeffrey Says:

    Sorry to hear about your rejection letter; I hope you will keep on trying to get published. I’ve gotten a few of those and I was always impressed when someone took the time out to write a few words of encouragement. Keep on sending your stuff in!

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