Rejection Letter

Rejection Letter

A Poem by Alex Hutchinson

It is amazing how small minded the poetry magazines can be.




Dear Sir

We have declined your current submission

And offer some friendly advice


Your words lack rhythm

It is unlikely that you will gather many fans

To follow your style of writing


Your descriptions were too graphic

Our readers have a sensitive nature and

Might be offended by such raw emotion


Your poems need to be left aligned

Centered poems are considered to be



We hope that you will try

One of our poetry contests

For a small fee



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© 2008 Alex Hutchinson

Author's Note

Alex Hutchinson
This was a collage of absurd statements from several actual rejection letters.

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Editors and readers are so far out of touch it is almost unbelievable.At the moment they seem only to consider free form despite their comments about rhythm and ryhme. Poetry competions on the whole are scams and will publish anything to extract money from hopeful writers Ithink the way ahead is self publishingFor myself I am quite happy with the feedback I get from readers on the net No body grows rich from writing poetry.Having said all that I enjoyed your poem

Posted 10 Years Ago

6 of 6 people found this review constructive.


Hahaha that was absolutely brilliant! Glad you put these together, people should be more aware.

Posted 4 Years Ago

hahah love this! hit the nail on the head!

Posted 5 Years Ago

When a writer puts down their thoughts on paper..even is it is not like the old standard of poetry writing..I say bah..their are individual styles that are wonderful when read..It is the flow of words and the meaning of what it said that I want to read,,Nice way to are an individual..Valentine

Posted 6 Years Ago

This made me smile. I have sometimes wondered what would be unfriendly advice since the friendly advice is for the most part not at all helpful. :-) Enjoyed.

Posted 8 Years Ago

I had to chuckle when I read this poem, which sums up - with enjoyably tight wording - the frustration of rejection letters.

If it's any consolation, one of my first rejections letters told me the poem was terrible but the idea would have made a great disaster movie!

As for the seemingly endless stream of poetry competitions, almost all of which ask for a submissions fee, I've long suspected most of them are little more than vanity press businesses in disguise.

Posted 9 Years Ago

haha. this was fabulous. good post.

Posted 9 Years Ago

I found this humourus really.
Editors usually have a certain way they want it to be.
But Ugh! you try to tell them it's the way you want it
They unleash.
I like this.

Posted 9 Years Ago

I actually really enjoyed this. Dark humor is so fun...

Posted 9 Years Ago

I love the idea behind this piece a lot. Very creative, but a bit depressing that you got rejected.


good job.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Unbelievable, its like we are getting an attack from a poetry-production company...
It moved some emotions around!


Posted 9 Years Ago

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Alex Hutchinson
Alex Hutchinson

Englewood, FL

Alex Hutchinson is an award winning poet and novelist. His most recent book is Twisted Trails, a collection of inspiring short stories about mountain biking. It is available at more..