Interesting Rejection

Not long ago I sent my The Tortoise and The Hare Hidden Picture image off to Highlights High Five.   I’m not that surprised to have received a rejection in the mail today.  It was an unsolicited submission, after all.

But the type of rejection I got was rather interesting, I thought.  It wasn’t a form letter.  In fact, it wasn’t a letter at all.  It was a hand-written note penned right on my submission letter by the art director herself.  Here’s what she said:

Hi Karen –

Thank you for taking the time to explore a MFHP piece and sending it in.  I can see you’re on your way to developing a clear, workable style.  However, I’m returning it because we don’t accept unsolicited MFHP’s for High Five.  We always assign them to accompany a specific verse.  You may want to try submitting your work to Highlights.  Check the submission guidelines on the website.  Every magazine and pub Highlights produces has slightly different guidelines and needs to fill at various times.  But here at High Five we only assign 12 a year, and only to go with a specific verse or nursery rhyme.

Thanks again for letting us enjoy your work.

All the best

Kelley Cunningham

So, as far as rejections go, this was a pretty nice one.  I can’t help thinking a handwritten note is better than a form letter.  I also appreciate the prompt response.

I’ll look through the submissions guidelines for other Highlights magazines again, but I think High Five was really the best one for this image.  Maybe a mention of “Kelly Cunningham suggested I send this to you,” might help?  I don’t know.  I’ll look again and see if I can find a good place to send it.


4 thoughts on “Interesting Rejection

  1. Shez says:

    What a great and helpful note!! Absolutely you have a recommendation and she was helpful to let you know there are only 12 assigned a year for her division. Send it!! It’s been a while since I perused a Highlights, but it certainly fit the profile I remember of their mag. Good luck.:D

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