I’m Excited About Rejection!

On Saturday, I received two rejections in the mail. And I was actually pumped up after reading them.

Really, the first one from Asheville Poetry Review is the one that got me excited. While I could see it was a form rejection letter, there was a handwritten note at the bottom from the editor Keith Flynn:


It was nice to see you in NYC–sorry this isn’t better news, but ‘Pride Park’ did make it to our final cut–thanks for your interest and keep pushing.

All best,


And when I looked at my returned poems, the one Keith mentioned had been marked a few times with his signature. So, naturally, there was a part of me that was bummed about coming so close, but then there was another part of me that was excited to make it to the final cut in a journal that publishes a lot of poets I read in those annual Best American Poetry anthologies.

To emphasize the point, my rejection from The Sun had no special note–just a form rejection letter on a small piece of paper.

So yeah, “Pride Park” is definitely going out again soonish, and I’m excited to ramp up my submission efforts for the final 3 months of the year!


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