Monday, November 3, 2008

45 students didn't make the cut for the Lee Review

The editorial staff of the Lee Review recently sent an e-mail to all 45 Lee students who failed to make the cut for the 2008 edition of the literary arts publication.

The e-mail encouraged students to try once more, and listed all 45 e-mail addresses so that the failed writers could write each other to either:

A. Console their grief, or
B. Conspire to start their own rival literary magazine where everyone gets published.

It was a brilliant move.

In fact, the e-mail was helpful in another way as well. With some work, now you too can figure out what your chances of being published in a literary magazine like the Lee Review are. Here's the math:

• 45 students were not accepted.

• And 29 authors were published in the final book.

• Of that, 6 were on the editorial staff of the book and 2 were faculty.

So essentially, based on last year's results, Lee students have a 32 percent chance of being published in the Lee Review.

All considered, that's likely better than any other literary magazine. Thanks to the Lee Review for helping with the math.

You can read the full letter to all rejected applicants (myself included) below:


We at the Lee Review would just like to thank you again for your submissions last year. We regret that, due to the large amount of submission, more of you were not accepted. We would like for you to know that we appreciate your interest in us and Lee University's only literary journal. That said, we'd like to inform you that we are accepting submissions for the '08-'09 issue to be released at the beginning of next year. As you submitted to us previously, we'd like to extend to you the opportunity of submitting again. The final submission deadline will be October 30th, but we will accept your work as early as you'd like to send it. This year we are also broadening our accepted genres to include not only the standard genres of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, but graphic novel work, mixed-media art, screen plays, and scripts. We also have a particular interest in showcasing any creative work centered around the theme of place.The Lee Review is now open for

If you would like a copy of the '07-'08 Lee Review, please respond to this email with your name and campus box number.

Again, thank you very much for all you've done for us.

The Lee Review Staff

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