Like most memebers of the species, I am no stranger to rejection. But when the host of Literary Rejections On Display, linked below, asked me to blog about my worse literary rejection, the “win” that turned into a shunning came immediately to mind.
Here is a little taste from the beginning of the interview:
Like my defunct Alison Books contract, my worst rejection story started out as an acceptance story. Thirteen years ago an excerpt from the novel won a prize and was published. “The GirlsClub – Chapter One,” Quarterly West, edited by Margot Schilpp, University of Utah Press, 1999. First Place Best of Writers at Work.
Writers at Work is a writer’s conference, held at the time in Park City, Utah. The prize included $1,500, publicity, free admittance to morning workshops, meeting with an editor, and a featured reading at the conference at The Yarrow Hotel where the conference was being held.
The fact that I was not welcome and would be actively snubbed might have been obvious as soon as I arrived at the airport in Utah if I had any suspicion that such a thing was likely. I was supposed to be greeted by a conference worker carrying a sign with my name and driven from the airport to the conference. This service was part of the prize. No one picked me up. No one answered the phone when I called the conference. I figured, like the fact that my local newspaper never received the information Writer’s at Work promised to send so the Sunday Republican could do a story about a local woman winning the prize had merely been a bit of incompetence. I thought the fact that an organizer called me after midnight to ask for information for tax purposes could be chalked up to a difference in time zones.
To read the whole piece please follow the link : Literary Rejections on Display
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