Rejection from Sustainable Arts Foundation

This rejection comes with some nice feedback from the judges –

Dear Trace,

Thank you so much for your application to the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

As our program grows, it becomes even more competitive; in our 7th year, over 3,000 writers and artists submitted their portfolios. We continue to be humbled by the stories we read in the applications, impressed and inspired by the creativity of all our applicants.

As is our practice, past award winners served as our jurors, and each application was reviewed by at least two jurors who focused on the quality of the submitted portfolios. From a pool of applicants whose work was judged as excellent, we then narrowed the field, considering the many facets presented so thoughtfully in your applications.

Unfortunately, we are not able to fund your application, but we want you to know that we are moved both by your commitment to your craft and by the sacrifices you’re making to pursue it.

Our jurors are invited to provide feedback about the applications they review; we want to share their comments:

Essays about loss always speak to me somehow and this one is particularly rich and resonant. Thanks for the opportunity to review your work!
Wow, this portfolio blew me away. Gorgeous, edgy writing, lovely loose structure, a punch at the end.

We know that it is hard enough to create time for art while parenting, let alone to work on grant applications, and we do recognize and appreciate the effort you put into your submission.

We will announce our next application deadline early in 2018.

All applicants are eligible to re-apply, although we can’t recommend strongly enough that reapplications be submitted with new work.

Thank you again for your application, and we wish you all the best, both with your work and with your family.


Tony and Caroline Grant
The Sustainable Arts Foundation

Rejections from The Penn Review and The Adroit Journal

I currently have three pieces that I am trying to place: an essay called Maltby Road, a short fiction piece called Smoke and Ash, and a poem entitled If They Weren’t Old Bones. None of these pieces has stuck yet, but Maltby Road is a finalist for a creative non-fiction prize. I can’t say where. While I wait for the decision, I am holding off submitting that essay anywhere else.

That leaves the other two. I have received the first two rejections of the poem:

Dear Trace Ramsey,

Thank you for the opportunity to review “If They Weren’t Old Bones.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t right for us at this time, but we’re grateful to have had the chance to read it and we wish you all the best of luck placing it elsewhere.

We regret that, due to the quantity of submissions we receive, we’re no longer able to offer editorial feedback, but we appreciate your interest in The Penn Review and hope that you’ll keep us in mind in the future.

Best wishes,
The Penn Review Editorial Board


Dear Trace,

Thank you for sharing this work with The Adroit Journal. After a review of your submission, the staff has decided that it unfortunately is not quite right for the journal at this time.

If you haven’t already, you might consider giving our October 2017 issue (featuring poetry, prose, interviews, and art) a read:

Either way, best of luck placing this work elsewhere, and we hope to hear from you again soon!


Peter LaBerge
The Adroit Journal

I would consider both of these to be “form” rejections even though they ask to see more work from me in the future.

Rejection from 100 Word Story

Dear Trace,

Thank you for sending us “Smoke and Ash”. We appreciate the chance to read it because we believe that making art is such a daring, wonderful act.

It’s difficult for us because despite the number of great pieces we receive, many of them don’t quite fit into our editorial needs. We’re glad you thought of us, though, and hope that you’ll submit again. We receive too many manuscripts to make individual comment possible, but we do wish you luck in placing this with another magazine.

Thanks again. Best of luck with this.

100 Word Story

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Acceptance from Vermont Studio Center

I was accepted into a four week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center.

Dear Trace,

Thank you for applying to the Vermont Studio Center! It is our pleasure to inform you that you have been reserved a space for 4-weeks in our session beginning 5/13/2018 through 6/8/2018.


Again, thank you for your application, and congratulations on your acceptance. We look forward to seeing you here at the Vermont Studio Center. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Kathy Black
Program Director

Rejection from concīs

A personal rejection from concīs –

Greetings Trace,

[These ones didn’t escape the editorial gauntlet but we would definitely like to see more. You’ve made it through once before, you can certainly do so again! -c]

Thank you for your generosity in allowing us to consider “Smoke and Ash” for publication in concīs. The editorial process of a publication like ours is necessarily subjective—even apparently irrational.

Unfortunately, your work isn’t quite what we are looking for right now. BUT, we did feel it was important to note that your submission bounced back and forth between the editors quite a few times before landing in the “near miss” category. That doesn’t happen very often (though it can happen many times for the same author, so do not despair).

Do keep in mind that in addition to the inherent subjectivity of our reading (we’re happy to see work that doesn’t fit here get snapped up by editors elsewhere!), we will receive many thousands of submissions for the approximately 35 openings available in the Winter Season of concīs.

We hope you’ll keep an eye on what we publish in the future and not be dissuaded from trying again if you feel you have something suitable.


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Check out the summer issue of concīs.