Some Thoughts on Submissions

There are so many excellent resources out there for those struggling with rejection letters. Whether you prefer the snarky commentary on Literary Rejections on Display, the humorous antidote to rejection letters  provided by Regected Riter (follow him on Twitter!), or the practical advice provided by the Review Review, any writer drowning in rejection letters can find comfort and solace in knowing that we are not alone. No seriously, everybody gets rejected.

But with all this emphasis on rejection, I wonder why more people don’t write about the joy of submission. Submitting a piece of writing is such a scary, wonderful, confusing, optimistic feeling—such a complex set of emotions—I wonder why we don’t see more people writing about that experience.

I don’t have children yet, but I have to imagine that sending a piece of writing into the world must create a similar feeling as to watching your kid take his or her first steps—or perhaps sending them to college. Your writing isn’t just for you anymore. Once you slide the envelope into the mail or press “Send” on Submishmash, you’ve entered a new world. You are a Writer. You wrote, you revised, you submitted. And its such a cool feeling.

So even if you are bummed out about a recent rejection, or wondering if its safe to enter the waters again, take pride in that moment of submission. You deserve it.

Keep writing, my friends.


4 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on Submissions

  1. Neurotic Workaholic says:

    The first story I ever submitted to a literary magazine was promptly rejected. But I was okay with it because it made me feel like an "official" writer; I'd finally put my work out there, and I knew that all writers got rejected. So it kind of felt like joining some kind of writers' club. It also motivated me to keep trying and to keep writing.

  2. Libby says:

    It almost gets to a point where the rejection doesn't hurt anymore. Then you pass that point and it hurts like hell again. 🙂

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