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Rejection Collection Challenge!

Posted by Jenny Maloney on July 1, 2013 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (1)

All right guys, we're officially six months down in 2013. Halfway there. 

Who has rejections? Lay 'em on me. 

I have, well, I have a lot. Which would be depressing except that there are a lot more personal rejections in the pile this year. A lot more saying "Please try us again." And some of them from some pretty damn awesome magazines. So, that's heartening. 

How's about you?

The Truth About Rejection Letters

Posted by Ali on January 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In a timely happy accident, I just stumbled on a fun piece about rejection letters over at Shimmer magazine. Tagline: "All rejection letters are written by badgers." Now, go read it.

Happy Friday!

The 2013 Rejection Collection Challenge!!

Posted by Jenny Maloney on December 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

First off:

Happy New Years Eve!

(Everyone make sure to drive safely.) 

As you all know, 'tis that time of year again. That time when we're all promising to hunker down and finish that novel. We're gonna write more words - Better Words. This year is the year! 

Well, if your goal is to get published this year, I am re-instigating the UGWP Rejection Collection Challenge!

For those of you new to the Rejection Collection Challenge, here is the 4-1-1:

Submit your work to magazines, agents, or publishers throughout the year. If you collect three rejection letters - or one rejection letter and one ACCEPTANCE LETTER OF AWESOMENESS -  I will cook you a baked good of some kind (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.) if you are a member of UGWP that I see in real life. If you are a website member you will get a Bragging Rights Post and cyber-baked-goods that you'll have to use your imagination to consume.

That's it. Pretty straightforward, huh?

I know, I know. Some of you are asking: Why are we getting props for rejections? Doesn't that just prove we're losers? 

NO! If you get rejections it proves that you are being brave, bold, and showing faith in your work. It means you are putting yourself out there. It means that you believe your work is good enough for people who are not your loving parents to read. That is something to be celebrated. 

It's also the only way to ever, ever get published. No editor is going to walk up to you on the street and say, "Hey, you look like a brilliant writer. I should publish you. What do you have languishing on your hard drive?"

If you won't take my word for it, here's a great article from The Review Review on how submission phobia holds writers back. Don't be one of those writers. Be one of the badass submitting writers. Show no fear.

And if you're successful at rejection, we'll brag about you. 

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