A Short List of My Rejections 2013-2016

 

“Never compare someone’s highlight reels to your behind the scenes footage.”

We all like to publish our achievements on social media, regardless of what that achievement is.

Over the years I have notified my friends via social media on:

·      New jobs

·      Articles published on a reputable blogs

·      Short stories that were published in magazines

·      My weight loss

·      My participation in various conferences

·      My travels

 

These are just a few achievements I’ve been happy to share on Facebook and Instagram. 

 

But no one likes to brag about what they were not able to achieve, and because of that I have decided to compile a list of things that didn’t go my way.  Whether it was declining to accept a short story I wrote, a fellowship application, or a job. 

 

Please keep in mind that this list is just documenting the organizations and people who responded back to me.  Many gave me their “no,” by simply not responding at all.

 

I hope this post reminds you that persistence and tenacity do pay off.  

 

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thanks for submitting "In the Name of the Father," but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way.

 

 

From Nightmare Magazine

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thanks for submitting "The Stairway to Heaven," but I'm going to pass on it. It didn't quite work for me, I'm afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way.

 

 

From Nightmare Magazine

 

Thank you for submitting your work to IMAGINATE. We received hundreds of submissions, and had the difficult chore of narrowing down the selections for our next issue. Unfortunately, your story was not chosen.

 

 If you’ve submitted other work not mentioned here, you will receive another e-mail soon with regards to those.

 

We hope you’ll check out the next issue of IMAGINATE, and that you’ll consider submitting to us again in the future. Thanks for helping spread the word, and for participating in the process.

 

Best wishes on your writing journey!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dear Sean Goodman,

 

Thank you for submitting "The Stairway to Heaven " to Apex Magazine. We appreciate the chance to read it. Unfortunately, we don't feel it is a good fit for us and we're going to have to pass on it at this time.

 

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thank you for submitting "Homo Superus" to Pseudopod. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite meet the needs of our podcast.

 

Thanks for submitting, and best wishes for you and your work.

 

Submissions Staff

Pseudopod

 

 

Dear Mr. Goodman,

 

We appreciate that you submitted your story to The Lovecraft eZine.  However, it just doesn't fit what we are looking for. 

 

If you want to submit it elsewhere, here is a list of anthologies and/or magazines that are looking for Lovecraftian or Weird Fiction submissions:http://lovecraftzine.com/calls-for-submissions/

 

We hope that's helpful.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dear Sean,

 

We appreciate that you submitted your story to The Lovecraft eZine.  However, it just doesn't fit what we are looking for. 

 

If you want to submit it elsewhere, here is a list of anthologies and/or magazines that are looking for Lovecraftian or Weird Fiction submissions:http://lovecraftzine.com/calls-for-submissions/

 

We hope that's helpful.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lovecraft eZine editorial staff

 

 

Dear Sean,

 

 

We are terribly sorry for addressing the wrong e-mail to you.  This is what happens when we write e-mails when caffeine deficient.

 

We liked "The Daughters of Terra," especially the environmental message.  However it lacks the Cthulhu and romance elements which we are looking for in this anthology. 

 

 

Hi, thanks for your submission to Creepypasta!

Your submission has been posted here:

For more information about why your pasta was placed on Crappypasta rather than scheduled for the main archive, please note the category you were assigned and read its description here:

Feel free to use any feedback you get there to rewrite & resubmit. Remember, being posted on crappypasta doesn ft always mean that we disliked your story! Oftentimes it means that we DID, but feel that it just needs a tiny bit more work before we give it the green light.

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thank you for sending us “Dreams in July.” We appreciate you considering “Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things” as a potential home for your writing.

 

We have decided not to include this piece in an upcoming volume of our anthology. However, since multiple readers review each submission, you may find the following excerpts from their notes useful or interesting. Please keep in mind that the intent is never to denigrate or dismiss the merits of your work, but to provide you with insight into how this piece affected a specific group of readers.

 

 

To All Mitchell Scholarship Applicants:

I want to thank everyone for your terrific applications for the 2015 Mitchell Scholar class.  We received close to 300 completed applications and will interview about 10% of those candidates next week.  

I have spoken with all semi-finalists for the Mitchell Scholarship by phone and sent a follow-up e-mail.  Only those notified this week will move forward in the process.  I wish everyone well in your future endeavors.

 

Kind regards,

 

Thank you very much for your application to the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for the fall 2014 semester. We received 197 applications; unfortunately, you were not among the small number of applicants chosen for an interview.

 

Our board of directors places a premium on applicants with strong academic and activist backgrounds in peace and security issues. We received applications from many people with training in international relations who were not selected because they lack a background in international security or related issues. In addition, the board gives priority to applicants who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in Washington, DC. The board members who review the applications do not provide me with written feedback on each candidate and therefore I am unable to comment on the reasons why a particular applicant has not been chosen for an interview. Please refer to our website's section on selection criteria for how we evaluate candidates.

 

You may wish to pursue paid employment or an internship with one of the organizations participating in the Scoville Fellowship by contacting these organizations directly.

 

Women In International Security publishes job listings of positions in the arms control and international security fields. Their website is

http://wiisglobal.org/wordpress1/wiis-jobshotline/

 

You may also wish to visit

Foreign Affairs' Job Board

http://jobs.foreignaffairs.com/

 

the Job Board of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

https://ypfp.org/jobs/recent

 

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thank you for your application to the 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship.  We regret to inform you that you have not been selected as a Humanity in Action Fellow this year.

 

The Humanity in Action selection process is rigorous and very competitive.  Because of the large number of applicants and the limited number of positions available in our fellowship programs, we are mindful that every year excellent applicants must be turned down. This year was particularly competitive, with a record number of truly outstanding and inspiring applications. 

 

We welcome you to reapply next year if you are eligible to do so. Please remember that you are eligible to reapply within two years of receiving your undergraduate degree.  Each annual application pool is evaluated independently, which means that the outcome of this year's selection process will have no bearing on the next.

 

Once again, thank you for your interest in Humanity in Action, and we hope to hear from you again in the future.

 

All the best,

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thank you for your application to the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship.  We regret to inform you that you have not been selected as a Humanity in Action Fellow this year.

 

The Humanity in Action selection process is rigorous and very competitive.  Because of the large number of applicants and the limited number of positions available in our fellowship programs, we are mindful that every year excellent applicants must be turned down. This year was particularly competitive, with a record number of truly outstanding and inspiring applications. 

 

We welcome you to reapply next year if you are eligible to do so. Please remember that you are eligible to reapply within two years after graduation from college.  Each annual application pool is evaluated independently, which means that the outcome of this year's selection process will have no bearing on the next.

 

Once again, thank you for your interest in Humanity in Action, and we hope to hear from you again in the future.

 

All the best,

 

Humanity in Action Admissions

(I applied twice)

 

Thank you for applying for The Nexus Fund's Fellowship. We appreciate your interest in our organization and your commitment to the prevention of mass atrocities.

 

We received more than 500 applications for the position, and the hiring process has been a very competitive one. Although we were impressed with your qualifications, we have decided not to move your application forward. However, we greatly appreciate your interest in working with us and wish you the best! 

 

Dear Peace Fellow Applicant, 

 

Thank you very much for your application for the 2014 Fellowships program for The Advocacy Project (AP).

 

We were very impressed by your application materials but are unable to offer you a position at this time. This year we received 400 applications for only 14 Fellowship positions.

 

We thank you for your interest in working with AP and wish you success in your future career.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dear Sean,

 

Thank you for your call this afternoon. 

 

I regret to inform you that at this stage in the application process, inability to participate fully in Orientation precludes the possibility of participation in the coming Volunteer year.  We are not able to offer you a position as a Volunteer for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

 

If a future opportunity arises wherein you might dedicate a year to service at LCS, you would be welcome to apply once more. We very much enjoyed getting to know you during your interviews and appreciate your time.

 

Please know that you are welcome to contact me with questions and that we prayerfully wish you all the best.

 

Peace,

 

Dear Sean:

Thank you for applying to City Year New Orleans. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer you a position at this time. City Year New Orleans received an overwhelming number of high-quality applications, demonstrating that the spirit of national service as a way to address the education crisis in America is thriving among young people.

We encourage you to continue serving your community and strongly suggest that you explore other AmeriCorps or service programs in your local area or preferred region. Please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/index.asp for an interactive way to connect your interests and talents with other AmeriCorps programs across the country. Continued and demonstrated experience with service, tutoring, mentoring, or leadership all help to strengthen your candidacy, should you choose to reapply to City Year for the 2015-2016 program year.

Once again, thank you for your interest in City Year. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Yours in Service,

 

Dear Sean,Thank you for submitting an application for Teach For America’s 2014 corps. We appreciate the time and effort you put into applying. Log on now to the Applicant Center* to view the status of your application. Sincerely,The Applicant Experience TeamTeach For America Admissions

 

*link notified that I was not accepted. 

When It's Time to Come Home

For many, traveling is the ultimate freedom.  A lot of backpackers, young and old, schedule their own itinerary, have little to no responsibility, and can act however they want when meeting strangers.  As someone who tries to visit at least one new region a year, this is what I miss the most when I come back home. 

 

But if we have a longing for this freedom once we come back home, we never truly leave the place we visited, and that can take a toll on our professional and personal relationships. 

 

When this happens we are not being present, and that is it is time to let go of that longing and truly come back home.

 

Every once in a while I will sit down and relax after a long day of work with a cold beer in my hand, and I will browse through my Facebook albums and think of all the people I met, the sights I saw, and the crazy adventures I went on during my travels. Whenever I do this, I become overwhelmed with joy.

 

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night thinking I’m sleeping on a bunk bed in a Lithuanian hostel.  Other times I will have memories of walking alone down a random Baltic or German neighborhood that could have either been reality or a dream. 

 

When I am back in California, I will sometimes find myself daydreaming about having a pint of Guinness in Belfast, dancing in nightclub in Czech Republic, or walking along a Caribbean beach while enjoying the humidity.  I fall victim to exactly what I am critiquing. 

 

While daydreaming and longing to be back on the road less traveled are only a rare occurrence in myself, I’ve seen some of my friends and colleagues become inflicted with this plague.  I’ve witnessed this especially with those who study abroad or stay in a place for longer than two months. 

 

When we are no longer present in our relationships; our friends, family, and colleagues feel left out, ignored, or unworthy of our time. 

 

It’s a wonderful feeling when I look back and recall so many great memories, but I also believe that it is much more beneficial to your health to be in the here and the now. 

 

I encourage everyone to go out and explore the world, and they are more than free to put new memories into their mental piggy bank.  I do it myself!  But remember that if you have the privilege to travel, you most likely have a place called home.   When we are back in said home, finding ourselves daydreaming about a spiritual experience in some far off, distant land; let us make an effort to bring balance back to our lives. That way, we can have a shared experience with our loved ones now – and another happy memory to store in that mental piggy bank. 

The Happiness in Creation

I consider myself a creative person.  I write long and short form personal essays, poetry, and fictional short stories.  I play and write music, and I am currently working on a podcast that is unlike anything I have ever shared or done before.

 

All of these things I do because I have this itch that can only be scratched when the pen meets the paper, or when my fingers hit the keyboard.  Others find it through exercise and sport, while some find it through various forms of art, whether it’s expression or performance. 

 

Sometimes I get down on myself in this creative process.  Not because I haven’t had my “big break”, but because I haven’t been creating enough.  I get scared, and instead of working on something, I’m going down the Youtube rabbit hole.  I recently realized that I am happiest when I am working on a project.  Whether or not that project will be seen by anyone else is of no importance. 

 

I’m not looking for fortune or fame,

I’m not looking for you to remember my name,

This ain’t no dog-eat-dog game,

Just looking to get by cause we’re all one in the same.

 

For me, sitting down and coming up with ideas, and having them manifest into something tangible is one of the best feelings in the world.  Recognition from my peers and my superiors is nice, but it is not necessary.  With how much I have written whether it is in music, stories, and poetry for the past 15 years, I am beginning to accept that no matter how successful I become as a creative person, only 10% of my work will be recognized.

 

To all aspiring writers, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else I suggest this one thing: keep on keeping on.  Don’t worry about where or when you will get your break.

 

I can only speak for myself, but I am happiest when I create.  That happiness is something that money can never buy.