Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rate the Rejection - FIELD

Here's a stumper: How to rate a rejection letter that doesn't exist? It seems like a task for one of Samuel Beckett's characters. Yet that's exactly the task I'm faced with, as FIELD, apparently having nothing nice to say, says nothing at all. What that means for me is my SASE returned, with my poems, and no explanation. It's baffling. Here's what I've got to show you:


That's right, just the empty envelope -- that's all I've got. Nevertheless, I persist.

Rating Summary: It could be ingenious: just skip the rejection letter altogether. You save some money and time and skip over all the difficult sentiment. Alternately, it could be accidental: one of the interns forgot to include the standard rejection note. Whoopsy daisies. A third possiblity: laziness and inertia. Whatever the case, the lack of any letter at all, the mute returning of poems unmarked in any way, suggests an appalling lack of respect and consideration. It's a cop-out, a mistake, or a sign the editors just couldn't be bothered. It may have enabled a faster turnaround time (six weeks, give or take), but the means to that end are brutish.

The Grade: 0. As far as I'm concerned, the folks at FIELD didn't turn in their assignment.

Click here for more about the Rate the Rejection series and links to other rejections I've rated.

7 comments:

sturdygirl said...

the empty envelope is a stumper. what were they thinking, or not thinking?

anyway, i wanted to tell you that today's Christian Science Monitor books section has a bunch of articles about poetry and poets. thought you might be interested. hope all is well!

dana

Jefferson said...

i have an idea for Field's lack of response: send the poems back to them, saying that you neglected to inform me about the status of my submission. i think you should also say that, since there was no note, that you assume the best and that the poems got into the magazine.

whatever the reason for the oversight, it doesn't look very good. you put alot of time and effort into a submission, and not only do they take a very long time to get back to you, they don't even stick in a generic slip of tissue paper.

my dad, the dyed-in-the-wool business man, would say that they have a responsibility to you as a 'customer' and since they didn't come through with their responsibility, they have to make it up to you. free subscription, personal note, etc. my dad would probably send them a little note with a few well placed threats and embarrasing exposes, and maybe even a little 'don't fuck with me' vibe for good measure.

David said...

Thanks Dana. CSM does have some nice poetry-focused articles online at the moment, including one on Donald Hall and another on Kevin Young, two favorites of mine. For others who are interested, you can check them out here: http://www.csmonitor.com/books.

Jeff, I will be in touch with your dad shortly for help crafting my letter back to FIELD...

oakleyses said...

ugg boots, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin, oakley sunglasses, tory burch outlet, replica watches, louboutin pas cher, tiffany and co, tiffany jewelry, ray ban sunglasses, nike air max, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet, polo outlet, longchamp pas cher, jordan shoes, kate spade outlet, louis vuitton, nike air max, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, nike roshe, gucci handbags, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton, air max, oakley sunglasses wholesale, sac longchamp pas cher, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin outlet, uggs on sale, replica watches, nike free run, nike free, prada handbags, jordan pas cher, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin shoes, christian louboutin uk, michael kors pas cher, nike outlet, ugg boots, burberry pas cher, polo ralph lauren outlet online

oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, ralph lauren uk, mulberry uk, guess pas cher, michael kors outlet, hollister pas cher, true religion outlet, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, nike air max uk, michael kors, uggs outlet, michael kors outlet, new balance, true religion jeans, coach outlet store online, nike air force, abercrombie and fitch uk, burberry outlet, lululemon canada, oakley pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, ray ban uk, coach outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, nike free uk, michael kors, replica handbags, michael kors outlet online, north face uk, polo lacoste, north face, converse pas cher, coach purses, timberland pas cher, nike roshe run uk, nike tn, nike blazer pas cher, true religion outlet, vans pas cher, uggs outlet, hollister uk, hogan outlet, sac hermes, burberry handbags

oakleyses said...

nike trainers uk, timberland boots, ipad cases, chi flat iron, nfl jerseys, soccer jerseys, iphone cases, lululemon, babyliss, baseball bats, nike air max, hermes belt, mac cosmetics, celine handbags, new balance shoes, valentino shoes, s6 case, ghd hair, beats by dre, iphone 6s cases, jimmy choo outlet, oakley, mcm handbags, herve leger, iphone 5s cases, hollister, north face outlet, ferragamo shoes, hollister clothing, longchamp uk, asics running shoes, nike roshe run, wedding dresses, iphone 6s plus cases, louboutin, iphone 6 cases, soccer shoes, vans outlet, insanity workout, giuseppe zanotti outlet, mont blanc pens, ralph lauren, abercrombie and fitch, iphone 6 plus cases, north face outlet, p90x workout, nike huaraches, instyler, bottega veneta, reebok outlet

oakleyses said...

pandora charms, juicy couture outlet, links of london, ugg, converse, doudoune moncler, pandora jewelry, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, moncler, louis vuitton, canada goose, canada goose uk, barbour uk, canada goose outlet, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton, moncler, thomas sabo, replica watches, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, marc jacobs, toms shoes, canada goose, louis vuitton, montre pas cher, canada goose outlet, ugg pas cher, hollister, moncler outlet, swarovski, canada goose outlet, canada goose jackets, ugg uk, nike air max, supra shoes, moncler uk, vans, gucci, pandora uk, ray ban, hollister, karen millen uk, wedding dresses, swarovski crystal, moncler, louis vuitton, coach outlet, juicy couture outlet, barbour, lancel, canada goose