Rejected: poetry manuscript

Got an email from the guys at Whitmore Press a couple of days ago re: the manuscript I’d submitted to the Whitmore Press/Poetry Idol Prize. It was a big negatory, but there were some thoughtful details in the email itself:

We thank you all for entering and if your name is not down below we,  the organisers can empathise with your dissapointment as we ourselves still get rejection for our work even though we have been published a lot in magazines and newspapers.

Unfortunately rejection is part of the writing process and the only words we can add as encouragement is to sincerely say, don’t give up.

The submission in question was 150 lines of poetry from a larger manuscript, and if I was being brutally honest I’d have to admit that one or two of the poems in that 150 lines are probably still a little undercooked – when I read over them I don’t get that “yeah this is done” feeling that I get from others in the submission, and some of the other poems in the submission are ones that I’ve discussed on this blog previously in terms of them being too slight, or too wistful or too optimistic or not “deep” enough for some tastes, so maybe that was a factor too.

Continuing on that honest trajectory I have to admit that I think I’m still a way off having another solid poetry manuscript ready to go. I’ve still got poems to write that I think will contribute to a stronger overall manuscript, so for now I think the goal is to crank out at least a dozen more new poems, if not 20, and see how they fit. Putting this manuscript together, though, was a good exercise in taking stock of what I’ve written in the last few years.

Still, despite the rejection, the email was good stuff. I know it was a form email, but it was a courteous and compassionate form email and that goes some way towards mitigating the self-doubt that always comes from a rejection letter, so thanks Whitmore Press and Poetry Idol. Your efforts are appreciated.

Advertisements
About

Poet. Author. Beard. Husband. Dad. Four chickens. Dog. Cat. I can sometimes fix my lawnmower.

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in poems, rejected, the writing process
2 comments on “Rejected: poetry manuscript
  1. Good good! Next, certainly.

    Yes, rejections can still be heartening.

  2. Adam says:

    Hi Adam

    good to here it mitigated your self doubt. Keep at it, don’t let the editors get you down!

    Best Wishes from Honolulu

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Adam

I'm the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.
contact: adamatsya@gmail.com
Like what you read?
Go off-blog with Adam's ebooks!


Not Quite the Man for the Job, Adam's award-winning poetry collection, is only $2!


Heroes And Civilians, featuring Stories about superheroes, octuplets, giant monsters, rabbits, robots & astronauts, is FREE TO DOWNLOAD RIGHT NOW!


Man Bites Dog, Adam's novel about posties, poets, dobermans & Angela Lansbury is also only $2!

ta-wit ta-woo
Quelle Grammage!
This morning, between the pages of a poetry book, I was gifted with a stranger's reading list. I am really enjoying watching these two poems of mine returning to the earth from whence they are about. 20 new #anticline poemzeens ready to collect at the #chewton dropoff. location in my profile. 
not in chewton? leave a comment and I can arrange for one to be sent to you. Coffee w Holtzmann.
Categories
%d bloggers like this: