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For rejected (and dejected) writers

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And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, the first children’s book by Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was turned down in the 1930s by 27 publishers, one of whom helpfully explained: “It is too different from other juvenile books on the market.” The 28th publisher took it, and in the next 50 years Dr. Seuss sold 400 million books. Andre Gide was working at the Nouvelle Revue Francaise when Marcel Proust submitted the first piece of his work in progress, Remembrance of Things Past. Gide read a little of it, decided it was snobbish, and sent it back–a decision he later called “one of the burning regrets of my life.”

Following the rule that there has to be a magazine for everything, there’s now a magazine, based in California, that publishes nothing but rejected manuscripts. It carries an odd name, Rejected Quarterly (odd because it appears only twice a year). It prints “quality offbeat fiction” you can’t read in other magazines because the other magazines have already rejected it. Writers sending manuscripts must enclose five rejection slips. The editorial statement says that whatever other magazines want, “We don’t want. No other literary journal maintains such strict standards. First in the field of rejection since 1998.”

Freelance writers can’t afford frail egos. Publishing in Rejected Quarterly could be a way to strengthen their resolve by defying the editors who keep turning them down. There are writers who exhibit rejection slips with pride. Some cover bathroom walls with them. Others put them to creative use; George Fetherling, for instance, made an elegant collage from some of his, framed it, and sold it.

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