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Rejection Wiki-what is a tiered rejection and how can I tell if I got one?

We all receive many more rejections than acceptances. There are ways to help interpret the rejections literary magazines and journals send your way. Rejections actually come in many forms, including standard forms, tiered, and personal.

Specifically, a "tiered" rejection means the lit mag sends out different levels of rejections. Nathaniel Tower of the Juggling Writer posted a great article describing several of these on his blog:

Ten Levels of Rejection (And What to Do About Them)

Additionally, there's a "Rejection Wiki" where you can enter the name of the lit mag and view the rejections others have received and whether they are standard or a higher tier.

Try out the Rejection Wiki here.

Here are some other related posts about rejections:

Riding the Rejection Roller Coaster - guest blog post by Daniella Levy

Editors speak to rejections - The Literary Whip, NEW! Podcast produced by Zoetic Press

Fun with rejections - guest blog post by Alan J. Blaustein

Persistence is as important as talent - guest blog post by Alice K. Boatwright

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  1. Your new piece about tiered rejections came in the same batch of e-mail as a rejection from Hobart’s ‘baseball issue.’ I immediately went to the page and found I was yet another casual victim in the tiered rejection system.

    Like anyone else I feel the work I’m sending is top notch. However, I purchased and read their magazine at the newsstand and crafted the submission with them in mind using the theme of failure, a sense of historical context and the culture of baseball in their word parameters. It wasn’t something I spat out and chucked into their e-mail queue.

    Unfortunately, rejection is part of the business. Eventually my story will land elsewhere. Now having used it, the Rejection Wiki seems like a new and not-so-useful tool writers can use to distract themselves by dwelling on the inevitable.

  2. Great article on rejections, Trish. Many years ago, early in my writing career, I wrote a travel article for an American publication on Baja, Mexico. We went there often, I had lots of pictures (picked out a few of the best) and my theme was one I hadn’t seen published there before. I sent off my article, SASE at that time, and waited for months and months. I finally got a one line reply, “Who told you you could write?” More than three hundred published articles, essays, poems, short stories, and four books later, I think I am qualified to write. LOL

    Enjoy your postings.

  3. I only wish I had learned to handle rejection earlier in life. It may well be the most valuable lesson I have ever learned, and I am happier and more successful for it.

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