Writing Re-Enlightenment

An Inside Look at How Literary Journals Read the Slush Pile

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on January 26, 2012

Over at the website Talking Writing, David Cameron has written an essay, “My Stint as a Literary Doorman.” If you’re submitting work to literary journals, it’s a mite depressing to see just how much the odds are stacked against you. However, Cameron’s piece will give you some perspective when you have the myriad, impersonal rejections you’ll receive in hand. After reading it, I want to take a deep breath and keep trying — as opposed to bashing my head against the wall until the urge to write passes (which is how I normally feel by the time a story has been rejected 20 times).

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