The Nicest Rejection Letter–Have You Received One?

I received the nicest rejection letter from the editor of a literary magazine, Umbrella Factory Magazine, informing me that my fiction piece would not be accepted for publication.  I must say receiving this kind of rejection letter was a welcomed treat because the editor commented on how well he liked the piece and offered suggestions for other literary magazines he thought I should submit the piece to.  Now, how many editors would do that?  I didn’t feel the sting of rejection from this letter because the editor did not indicate the piece was not good; he noted only that it would not find a home at his magazine. 

Hello Katrina,

Thank you for the submission.  Unfortunately, “The House Down the Dirt Lane” will not find a home with Umbrella Factory Magazine.  Your piece was a treat to read.   You clearly have a handle on the Southern dialect, and the dialogue is masterfully written.  I would think in the climate of our country today, a short piece about a shell-shocked vet will resonate with many readers.  Have you seen Clapboard House?  It’s been a few years since I’ve seen it, but it was one of my favorite magazines.   They focus on Southern literature.  Also, I use www.newpages.com as a resource; perhaps that will be a useful tool for you. 

Thank you.

[A nice person at Umbrella Factory]

Many writers who submit to literary magazines may not receive a rejection letter, or if they do, it may not state why the work was rejected, leaving the writer to wonder what was wrong with the piece.  In a case like that, my suggestion to writers would be to send the piece out again to another magazine.   What may not appeal to one editor may tickle another editor’s fancy.   

“Keep writing and publishing your work!”  That is the message I got from this nice rejection letter.  I know editors are very busy, but this type of rejection email, a nice one, will go a long way to encouraging writers to resubmit their works for publication after receiving a negative rejection letter.

If you have been fortunate to receive a nice rejection letter after submitting your work for publication, share your letter or experience with us.

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My Artwork

This is my favorite flower and favorite color--magnolia and alizarin crimson

I love the way the watercolors glide over the 140 lb. watercolor, creating a marbling effect in the background.  Colors used are alizarin crimson, sap green, and payne’s gray.

Hats Off! at the North Carolina Writers’ Network

Information on my works is posted on the NCWN website: 

http://www.ncwriters.org/members/574-hats-off-to-katrina-park-williams

Maureen Sherbondy–one of my favorite authors

http://www.maureensherbondy.com/ 

I first discovered Maureen Sherbondy at the North Carolina Writers’ Network after reading her article “Why I Belong to the NCWN.”  She has written three books–The Slow Vanishing, Prayer at Coffee Shops, and After the Fairy Tale–all of which I have ordered and plan to start reading as soon as my teaching schedule lightens up.  I look forward to delving into her works.

Read the article at this link: http://www.ncwriters.org/news/553-why-i-belong-to-the-ncwn

Linda Beatrice Brown–one of my favorite authors

Read a review of Black Angels at this blog:  http://littlebookroom.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/black-angels-by-linda-beatrice-brown/ 

Find out more about Black Angels at Linda Beatrice Brown’s website:   http://www.lindabeatricebrown.com/ 

CONGRATULATIONS!!

The following titles have been selected as Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2009!

  • After by Amy Efaw (Viking 9780670011834)
  • Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial 9780803734609)
  • All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler, illus. by Hiroe Nakata (Dial 9780803732179)
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (Viking 9780670011940)
  • Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas (Viking 9780670062980)
  • Black Angels by Linda Beatrice Brown (Putnam 9780399250309)
  • The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz (Dial 9780803732247)
  • Cork & Fuzz: Finders Keepers by Dori Chaconas, illus. by Lisa McCue (Viking 9780670011131)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (Dial 9780803734616)
  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam 9780399247095)
  • Hold Still by Nina LaCour (Dutton 9780525421559)
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Dutton 9780525421030)
  • Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton (Dutton 9780525420781)
  • Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson, illus. by Frank Morrison (Dial 9780803732643)
  • Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes, illus. by R. Gregory Christie (Putnam 9780399251757)
  • Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking 9780670011896)
  • Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan (Dial 9780803734159)
  • The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin (Dial 9780803733466)
  • Otis by Loren Long (Philomel 9780399252488)
  • Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam 9780399246555)
  • Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus, illus. by Mark Burgess(Dutton 9780525421603)
  • Rhymes Round the World by Kay Chorao (Dutton 9780525478751)
  • Riki’s Birdhouse by Monica Wellington (Dutton 9780525420798)
  • Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson, illust. by Jerry Pinkney (Dial 9780803731875)
  • The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (Dial 9780803733404)
  • Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillips (Viking 9780670010929)
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking 9780670011100)
  • Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin (Dutton 9780525420774)

 

The Chicago Public Library selects books that meet high standards of writing and illustration and that have a significant curriculum link. The Best of the Best list is presented in workshops to hundreds of public and school librarians from across Chicago, distributed to bookstores and put into wide release in the Chicago media.  The complete annotated list will be available in early 2010 at http://www.chicagopubliclibrary.org <http://www.chicagopubliclibrary.org/>.  

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Penguin Young Readers Group

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Jack Riggs–one of my favorite authors

Read a review of Jack Riggs’ novel The Fireman’s Wife at this link:  http://storysouth.com/2009/09/the-firemans-wife-jack-riggs.html 

http://www.jack-riggs.com/

I met Jack Riggs , author of The Fireman’s Wife and When the Finch Rises at the  Spring 2009 North Carolina Writers’ Network conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He was witty and inspiring and took the time to talk with me about my aspirations as a writer.  He gave me some sage advice and has been an inspiring and supportive resource for this up-and-coming writer.  I have commented on the NCWN website about the conference and about Jack Riggs:  (read my comments here) http://www.ncwriters.org/whitecross/?p=84#comments

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Suzy Barile–one of my favorite authors

 http://suzybarile.blogspot.com/

Suzy Barile is the judge for the literary magazine contest 2009-2010 of the Wilson Literary Review.  I have interviewed her and discussed her book, Undaunted Heart:  The True Story of a Southern Belle and a Yankee General

The interviews can be found at these links:

http://www.wilsoncc.edu/Curriculum/CTGE/An_Interview_with_Suzy_Barile_part_one.cfm — An Interview with Suzy Barile, Judge for the Literary Magazine Contest 2009-2010 (PART ONE)

http://www.wilsoncc.edu/Curriculum/CTGE/An_Interview_with_Suzy_Barile_part_two.cfm — An Interview with Suzy Barile, Judge for the Literary Magazine Contest 2009-2010 (PART TWO)

My literature, writing, and art!

What I do every morning to get started writing--drink my coffee

Welcome to Stepartdesigns’ Blog.  I am Katrina Parker Williams (KPWms for short).  I am an author, an artist, an English instructor, and editor of a community college literary magazine, the Wilson Literary Review.  My blog will contain my musings on literature, writing, art, and culture.   

To begin, I have works published or accepted for publication at the following literary magazines.  The purpose in my submitting these works to literary magazines is to eventually publish a short-story collection, containing previously published pieces along with new, unpublished pieces. 

  • a fictional piece “Rock” published at Charlotte Viewpoint.
  • a fictional piece “Aunt Luella’s House” and a poem “A Housewife’s Lament” published in the March 2010 issue of The Saints’ Placenta.
  • a poem “Bag of Clothes” accepted at All Things Girl for their March 2010 issue.
  • a poem “Revolt in the Cherokee Nation” accepted at Dead Mule for their July 2010 issue.
  • a fictional piece “Missus Buck” accepted at The Village Pariah.
  • a fictional piece “Grandpa’s Courtship” accepted at Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal for their July-September 2010 issue. 
  • a fictional piece “The Fear of My Father” published at Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal.
  • a fictional piece “Ms. Pimmelly’s City” published at usadeepsouth.

Katrina Parker Williams (KPWms)