Rejected by Shattered Dreams

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Humor / Mystery
5.0 9 reviews
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(idea by @brianzylla)

Dear all,

Write a fake rejection letter, short or long, about one of your own stories or a masterpiece by a well-known author/authoress. Send it to me (you’ll find my email address in the banner section of my profile), and I’ll include your rejection letter in this ‘anthology’ along with your Inkitt profile-link and username. In case your rejection letter gets a comment, I’ll tag you in the comment section, so you’ll always know when something is being written about your text. In addition, I will give feedback or comment on each rejection letter. In doing so, I hope you will get some ‘publicity’ for your profile and the stories you have written.

These are the following rules:

- Write a rejection letter on your own story or a well-known book, but NOT on someone else’s story here on Inkitt or any other writing app.

- You must pretend the letter has been written by an editor from the publishing house Shattered Dreams.

- The length of the letter is up to you. It can be three words or 4, 5, 6 pages long.

- Sarcasm is, of course, allowed, but make sure the context is clear.

- Send the letter to me together with a title of your choice - this will be the title of the chapter.

Now, the question is - why would I want to write a rejection letter?

- First and foremost, because it’s fun. And in these crazy times, we all need a little giggle now and then.
- Secondly, you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is to be able to laugh at oneself. It feels liberating.
- Thirdly, you will enter into a self-reflective process about your work: in a critical way, and in a way in which you praise yourself, in which you defend your work, in which you indirectly (and indeed in a quirky way), tell readers why the story matters to you and why we should read it.
- Fourth, for those who have ever encountered the arbitrariness of a real rejection letter from a real publisher - go ahead, vent. Let it all out, exaggerate, blow off steam. Don’t overthink grammar, but be creative; play not only with language but also with the letter’s structure, with pauses, punctuation etc...(almost) everything is allowed.
- And fifth, I really do believe that a good, excellently written fake rejection letter can be a perfect advertisement for your story 😉 .
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