ZYZZYVA is a literary journal many writers aspire to be published in. Many are chosen by ZYZZYVA editors and many others must endure the pangs of a rejection letter.
The following is a remarkable rejection letter penned by ZYZZYVA founding editor Howard Junker many years before he retired.
Please forgive me for returning your work and for not offering comments or suggestions. I would like to say something to make up for my ungraciousness, but I don’t think a few quick remarks would really help. The truth is I have so little space, I must return almost everything—99%--of what’s sent to me, including a lot that interests me and even some pieces I admire. (Also, I make mistakes; my taste is erratic, my judgment flawed.)
The important thing is this: Do not be discouraged by this or any other momentary setback. The road is long; the struggle must go on.
Then, too, the ways of the Muse are strange. When she does visit again, I hope you will give her my best regards.
KEEP THE FAITH.