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The Rejection Club

June 24, 2010

As seen on my blogroll, The Rejection Club is a poets’ collective like no other, recently started by Edinburgh-based poet Mairi Sharratt.  The premise goes thus: hopeful writers submit their work to publications or publishing houses, are rejected, and get together with other rejected writers to console one another. The Club will meet annually: all members must keep a record of their rejections, and at the meeting they will compare. The member with the most (or best) rejections will be given a prize — a pint or a meal or somesuch — paid for by the other members. The more members the Club gets, the better the prize!

RejectedI for one think this is a fantastic idea. With the pursuit of publishing comes inevitable rejection. This light-hearted approach to one of the most soul-destroying aspects of being a writer will help to lift the weight of abject despair from the rejectee’s shoulders. The Rejection Club is not a place for bitterness, vendettas or bitching. The out-for-yourself attitude will do people no favours there. It’s a place where potential poets can take joy and camaraderie from the darkest places, finding solidarity in others’ failings, in a bizarrely sympathetic kind of schadenfreude.

Aspiring poets, take note! Rejection is part of the business. It’s going to happen, so why not make a party out of it?

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  1. June 27, 2010 9:49 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with your post on rejection. Once again, it’s quite good to know I’m not alone when it comes to receiving an envelope in the mail that is simply TOO THIN to be anything but a rejection notice. Your blog is excellent. If I can figure out how to set up the blogroll (I’m a luddite at heart), I’ll add you to it. Thanks for the post!

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