How to Effectively Respond to Rejection of Your Writing

M. Francis Enright
2 min readMar 28, 2023


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A response to this email requires a certain pithiness.

Dear Mr. Enright,

Thank you for sending us “A Rest Beside the Road”. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, the piece is not the right fit for _________________. We ask that you would wait at least five (5) months before submitting work to us again.

Please remember to log and update your submission on Duotrope. We wish you the best of luck in placing this piece elsewhere.

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Best regards,

The Editors

Dear The Editors,

So great to get your email. I guess by “not the right fit” you mean it won’t fit up your ass because your stupid, fat f*ckn’ head is already crammed up there. And thank you for clarifying the five month wait by writing the word “five” and the number “5” because I am a f*cking moron who can’t tell the difference. And thank you also for the condescending offer to submit another story to your worthless rag, as long as I wait five (5) months so you can reject it and send me another form email you assh*oles. What are you, f*cking stupid? Maybe I’ll print the story out, wrap it around a brick, and throw it through your window, you illiterate sack of sh*t.

Don’t get it twisted.

Yours Unironically,


P.S. Follow and like you on social media? Sure, let me take care of your laundry while I’m at it. And sh*t in the washing machine.



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!