09 January 2012

poetry wars episode vi: the return of the rejection art

My Submit-o-rama in mid-December has begun to bring back some results. Thus far, they have all been rejections. Which once again means it is time for: REJECTION ART!

Rejection Art is my favorite "So this place thought your poetry wasn't for them, huh?" coping mechanism. It's not like each rejection wrecks me; I go into the submission process mostly hoping I'll be accepted somewhere but knowing my chances are slim, so I anticipate these notices. But not until Rejection Art did I actually find myself looking forward to some rejection notices. Unfortunately, in this digital age, a lot are now simply email forms ... No cute little note cards. No pretty colors. But the fortunate thing about digital rejections is that they kind of open a whole new world for Rejection Art.

So how do these art pieces happen? It's a simple process, really ...

First, you get a rejection email, that may look something like this:
You will, naturally, obscure the name of the journal. No hard feelings.
Then, you go to work selecting the few choice words that make you feel just grand about yourself, like so:
I try to avoid the "thank you"s at the end of these anymore.

Then you erase and black out everything but what you want:
First deleted everything I didn't want ...

... then blacked out the empty space.
Then you clean up the area around the words you want ...:
Cleaned up a little. You'd also draw lines showing the direction in should be read in, like a humument

And then you go at it with prettiness:
I have a thing with dandelions right now. The artsy jazz was done with Gimp and paintbrushes from Deviant Art
 ... until next time, may the free verse be with you ... always.


  1. Khara, found this through facebook. This particular post is hilarious! Can't wait to read more-- Kim from high school : D

  2. Thanks, Kim! I've been having fun with "rejection letter art" for a little while now; a nice way to make me feel better after the discovery that some group of people just took my babies and threw them in the slush pile, ha-ha!

    Thanks for reading; glad you enjoyed it! :)

  3. Like that rejection art, Khara! Now I know how to reuse some of mine!:))

  4. Thanks, Patricia. It's definitely a nice and positive way to deal with "rejection". It's been suggested I "collect" them into a book of some kind ... Maybe when I get enough I'll get to work on that! Or, might as well start collecting them now :)


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