My friend and I were talking the other day and we realized something very important. In the past years our supply of articles sent out had faded to almost nothing. Some years it was nothing. We kept going to our writers group regularly and kept writing. We didn’t stop. We just stopped sending things out. Stupid yes, but that’s the habit we’d developed.

This past year she wrote a novel in a month and sent it out. It was 1 of 2 things she’d sent that year. She was a top 5 finalist for the contest. I sent 1 short story out and it was published. Our conclusion: if we had sent out more, how well would we have done? We did good with only 3 between us.

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A helpful blog entry from Brevity’s managing editor Sarah Einstein. Sarah will be talking about rejection, acceptance, and writing as part of the panel “Getting Short-Form Nonfiction to Readers: A Publication Panel” on the Friday morning of AWP Seattle:

Every couple of weeks, a writer-friend sends me an email or a Facebook message with the text of a rejection letter in it, asking me to help them decode it. Most often, they want me to help them figure out how close they got to being published, which is an impossible task. I couldn’t even tell you that if it was a submission to Brevity… ultimately, either we took the piece or we didn’t. We do have tiered rejection letters. If you got our “close but not cigar” rejection, you should probably turn around and submit that…

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