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Monday, February 8, 2010

What to Do With Rejection Slips

1. Make paper airplane; aim for nearest recycling bin.

2. Hang on fridge with "You'll regret this" scrawled across it in red Sharpie.

3. Cut into tiny pieces; use as confetti the next time you write a great poem (i.e., tomorrow).

4. Cut up, along with photos of birds and flowers from magazines. Decoupage!

5. Paste it into your writing journal and draw a beautiful "frame' around it using lavender and pink crayons. Cross out "we are sorry" and write "we are so very stupid."

6. Pin to dart board.

7. Shred; feed to worms.

8. When you have one hundred, cut in strips and fashion a paper chain to hang across your workroom ceiling.

9. When you have one thousand, kneel for the editor with the bleeding finger cut on your submission.

10. When you have ten thousand, self-publish.


Susan Rich said...

I love this! And yes, they should have written "we are so stupid."
I might have to borrow this soon!

Martha Silano said...

Thanks, Susan (though no offense to fine mag editors such as yourself!). xo m

Tracey said...

I am not missing your point, but honestly, I would keep them as a badge of honor. Rejection slips mean I submitted something. How cool would that be?

Martha Silano said...

Tracey: I wrote this post to cheer up a friend who got pelted w rejection slips. My goal was to get her to laugh and keep writing. My writer self agrees with you--I've kept all my rejection slips in increasingly thick folders--20 years' worth. Not sure what they've taught me--keep trying? Often it takes 6 or more times for a poem to get "taken." All those rejections make the "yes" all the more sweet.

Joannie said...

Another use: Twist in the middle to make a bow, and it becomes a cat toy. (My cat is currently LOVING these.)

In my folder, I keep only those rejections that have a personal note on them. Otherwise, I'd need a larger house.