So recently I was chatting with poetry friends about rejection, and when to give up on a poem. We were asking each other things like “when do you give up on submission?” Or “how many rejections does it take for you to know a poem just isn’t good enough?” I don’t know that there’s a specific number. So my answer is somewhere between “NEVAAAAAARRRRR!” and “Usually I get sick of the poem and realize it’s terrible before the number of rejections affects my willingness to send it out.” Given, I’m a bit of an egomaniac, but I maintain that all artists need delusions of grandeur on some level in order to function.
So there’s that. But I can give you some numbers. Because I’ve been doing this for a while and I’m still getting like 5-10 rejections a week because I do send out and I’m pretty sure that getting rejected is my job. Like, ratio of rejections to acceptances? Intensely on the R side. And those no’s sting. I’m not numb to it. And neither are you, probably.~ read more ~