How to Effectively Respond to Rejection of Your Work

M. Francis Enright
2 min readMar 27


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M. Francis Enright is co-creator with John Brancaccio of The Working Experience. He is also a filmmaker and published author. Listen to full episodes on iTunes and Spotify and visit our website: for videos, merchandise and more. You can also find us on Facebook, Linked In, Instagram, and Twitter.

I sent a piece of flash fiction to this particular publication and wouldn’t you know it:

Dear Francis Enright,

Thank you for sending us A Rest Beside the Road. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not for us. We receive hundreds of stories every month, so don’t take this as a bad reflection on your work. Due to our high level of submissions, we ask that you wait a full month before submitting again.

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.


Martin Lippmann

Well Martin Lippmann, prepare yourself, for you have unleashed the fury.

Dear Mr. Lippmann,

Thank you so much for your response. Allow me to put your pea-brain at ease. I do not take your rejection “as a bad reflection” on my work. I take it as an accurate reflection of your lack of judgement. You are an idiot. (I was going to call you a Philistine but you surely would not understand the explicatin’ of so advanced a word). You “receive hundreds of stories every month”? They are garbage. And so are you; you are garbage. Your publication is garbage and your family is garbage. “Best of luck”? Cram it up your ass, sh*thead. I don’t need luck. I need non-morons who can read.

Yours in Pity,


P.S. You don’t know me.



M. Francis Enright

Co-creator and cohost of The Working Experience Podcast. We explore what people do for work, how they do it and how they feel about it. Twice a week!