people who are nice enough to publish me, rejected, the writing process


Things people have done to my writing:

  • Set an entire short story in italics
  • Awarded me a $100 book voucher for winning the judge’s choice award at the same time as giving $500 to a random person who voted in the people’s choice award
  • Left a 3cm-wide blank space between the first three panels of a comic and the rest of it, while also giving the comic two titles, each at right-angles to the other
  • Invited me to submit, failed to send a rejection letter, ignored all subsequent email inquiries, but still sent an invitation to the launch
  • Added the word “with” to a poem, changing its meaning entirely
  • Agreed to illustrate a comic script and then disappeared
  • Added an epigram

Things I have done to people’s writing:

  • Changed the spelling of “trouper” to “trooper” out of ignorance
  • Upset them so much with my intended-as-kooky-fun rejection letter that they reported me to their State Literature Officer
  • Missed the “1” that the character-recognition software added to the word “R1cki”
  • Published an in-hindsight-illegible handwritten version of their interview answers
  • Allowed organisational bureaucracy to post-hoc gut or remove articles entirely
  • Arbitrarily rewritten the first sentence of every consecutive paragraph in order to spell out a secret message to myself

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