You dread receiving that #10 envelope addressed to you with the label you stuck on it and sent with your poems to “Journal X.” Or, it’s that email you see in your inbox and cringe as you open it. The form rejection letter.
Here’s a link to an article decoding 4 rejection letter types you may see. http://lizkay.net/2014/05/03/advice-for-poets-what-it-means-when-a-journal-says-no-or-anything-other-than-yes/.
By the way, I prefer the term “response” over the negative term “rejection.”
Have you received an unusual response? Post a comment if you’d like to share.
Have you ever wondered why you received your poems back from a journal with no note, acceptance or rejection? Have you waited more than two years for a response? This is worth reading (and forwarding). http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/2010/10/21/AnAppealToPoetryEditors.aspx