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This is a wiki for recording literary rejections to help in determining whether you have a standard, tiered or personalized rejection.

If you're looking for information on where to collect your rejections from, we recommend Duotrope


RejectionWiki was born from the Poets & Writers forums, a place where writers come together to talk about writing and the writing life. A big part—really, a massive part—of writing is dealing with rejection and developing and maintaining a healthy attitude towards it. Everybody gets rejected, hundreds and hundreds of times, and writers need a thick skin in order to persevere. Writers understand the necessity of the form rejection letter, but often the wording can confuse. That’s where the RejectionWiki comes in.

The goal of the RejectionWiki is to house the standard (or “boilerplate” as they are often known) rejections as well as upper-tier rejection letters. These upper-tier rejections are usually still forms, but knowing that you made a few rounds to that upper-tier can be encouraging. The more different tiers of rejection letters people share, the more transparent the whole process will become.

As with most wikis, this is a work in progress. Please be patient and get involved!

If there's anything that you would like to see, please leave a note on the discussion page (see tab above).


Curious about what kind of rejection letter you received? Find it on the Literary Journals and Rejections page.