Dealing with literary rejection

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Dealing with Rejection as a WriterA writer that has never been rejected is either a liar or blessed with anomalous luck; and luck is already by its very nature, ya know,… anomalous.

Literary rejection is more than just a professional hazard or rite of passage; it’s something we have to deal with continuously.

Even famous authors get told NO from time to time. But common as it is for writers, rejection still stings! So how do you keep the swelling down?

Here are a handful of articles with advice on how to keep things in perspective and stay productive in the face of rejection:

1. Five ways to get the most out of your rejection letters

2. Dealing with literary rejection: tips from Sarah Fawn Montgomery

3.  “Never Give Up” — or how one writer got published in Poetry Magazine after 12 rejections

4. Three reasons writers should be happy about rejection

5. Resilience: how to deal with criticism and rejection

6. Four tips for writers on how to take criticism like an adult 

7.  Expect Rejection!

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Hopefully some of the advice in these articles will help you bounce back from literary rejection and get back to work. When you’re ready to get back in the game, check out our quick guide to submitting your writing for publication.

How do you think about rejection as a writer? Do you have a post-rejection ritual? Let me know in the comments section below.

How To Guide for Authors

Chris Robley
Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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