Sunday, April 08, 2007

Rate the Rejection - Tin House

Sadly it's time for another episode of Rate. The. Rejection! Today's contestant: Tin House, the pretty magazine from Portland. Someone responding to a previous Rate the Rejection mentioned that the House was particularly loathsome in its refusals, so I was (morbidly) curious to see if that really was the case. To the slip, shall we?


Rating Summary: Well. Where to begin? Let's start with the paper. I'd say it's somewhere between Kinko's cheapest and prison-grade toilet tissue. Classy. That it's poorly cut out only adds to the elegance. Editors, listen up: If you're going to skimp on paper by printing multiple rejection slips on 1-ply, how's about at least investing in a decent paper cutter? Just a thought. And you know what else? Twenty-one words doesn't cut it. I spend a lot of time putting my submissions together. I think about where they're going and I write short, careful and respectful cover letters. It's fine with me if you're going to print out the same rejection note for everyone, but put just a modicum of thought into it. Try to avoid being utterly spineless. That goes for the name at the bottom too. "Sincerely, Tin House Editors." Sincerely my ass. If you're sincere, man up and put your name on it.

Any upside here? Well, to their credit they responded quickly, with a turnaround time of about 6 1/2 weeks. That certainly counts for something. Other than that, no.

The Grade: A solid D. It's a fine example of what makes trying to get your writing out there such a lonely and dispiriting endeavor. And I thought people from Portland were so nice.

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

9 comments:

KrisUnderwood said...

Have you ever recieved a rejection slip from Poetry Magazine? They've been pretty impersonal with reject slips. I'd like to see a review of that on here.

David said...

Not yet. But maybe they'll get time in the rate the rejection limelight later this year. They have gabs of money now so there's really no excuse for crappy slips anymore. We'll see...

Melanie said...

I received the same anonynote. What galled me is that I personally know one of their top editors. At least a hand-scrawled "sorry" would have made me feel better.

Marianne said...

Received a scrawled note on my rejection: "Please send more." Then I went overboard and submitted a manuscript of short stories for their publishing arm. THAT one got a generic rejection -- ha ha ha ha! Guess I reacted too soon . . .

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I never have received a rejection in my entire life, but I believe it should be terrible. David, a coworker of mine has been rejected a lot of times in his life, due to the fact he thinks that he is a smart-ass.

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well, at least they are being friendly, obviously a rejection isn't nice, but they reject you with respect

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