One of my favorite rejections.

A certain editor for a publisher that shall remain unnamed, rejected my story collection, Loss, two years ago, right after it won the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. A rejection’s fine, but here’s what this editor did (and didn’t) do:

1. He didn’t type a rejection note.

2. He didn’t hand-write a rejection note.

3. He didn’t include a pre-copied form-letter rejection.

4. He didn’t send my manuscript back.

5. He sent back my cover letter with his own (nearly illegible) scrawl over the top of the cleanly typed page, his writing slanting diagonally, in huge looping letters, saying, “Don’t try to con me, man!!!!!”


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