Rejection: How to Cope

What does rejection mean?

Rejection doesn’t mean that your writing is bad or that you should give up on your piece, rejection may just suggest that it needs revisions or that it doesn’t fit the theme and/or style that we are going for. The Echo gets tons of great submissions but not all of submissions get published because they don’t fit our current style or theme. Our magazine theme changes every edition, so our current theme may just not fit your piece. We strongly urge you to submit to other literary magazines regardless of pending submissions. There are countless magazines looking for literature and you should never hold back on a piece you believe in, getting rejected always sucks, but always try and remember to look at your writing from all perspectives in hopes to understand how to revised our work and always try and stand outside of its quality and look at where you are submitting.

DON’T YOU DARE SELF-REJECT

Do not! Under any circumstances! Tell yourself that your piece will be instantly rejected, or, even worse, NOT SUBMITING AT ALL!! We will know, your terrible, negative energy will seep into your submission and we will know. Do not doubt your writing, if you are even considering submitting it, do it, we want to see your writing, you want to get published, this is a mutually beneficial relationship, don’t stop it pre-maturely.

Following the laws of rejectomancy

Rejectomancy is the art of reading, looking, and hypnotizing the lines in a rejection letter. When you’re putting your writing into the world it is important to investigate the magazine you could potentially be published in and understand how they take submissions and rejections. Good magazines tend to have lots of rejections, those magazines only publish the best of the best, submitting your work to a magazine in a very lenient acceptance policy means your potential submitted work won’t be next to the best of the best. Our submissions manager of choice, duotrope, keeps track of rejection and acceptance stats as well as which kind of rejection letters go out, so if you’re a big fan of rejectomancy try finding magazines that give out a decent amount of personalized ejection letters. More on rejectomancy here.

Revision and resubmission

Rejection does not mean the death of a piece. You may receive an invitation to revise and resubmit. R&R invitations can be for many different reasons. To change format, add detail, or fix grammar. Look over the feedback you’ve received and try to revise based on the feedback for your piece. An R&R invitation does not solidify an acceptance, but it also isn’t a rejection. It is an opportunity to improve your piece and refine your revision skills. So, take the opportunity to revise it because you never know! They could accept your R&R submission!

Submitting to other lit mags

Perhaps the most productive way to channel your rejection is submitting to another literary magazine. Lucky you – we’ve compiled a whole list of perfect candidates for you!