Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Withdrawing a Manuscript Submission

The next best thing after having a manuscript accepted for publication is withdrawing it from other magazines you’ve submitted it to. I’ve been doing that today and I must say there’s a unique satisfaction in being able to say:
Dear Editors,
I am hereby withdrawing my essay “[title]” from consideration at [name of magazine] because it has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Thank you for your time.
Annette Gendler
Now in many cases I don’t even get to say that because of an online submission system. All I have to do is log on and click the Withdraw button. That’s short-lived satisfaction, but still there’s a sense of accomplishment when the screen refreshes and it says “withdrawn.”
The last chance to enjoy the withdrawing process is entering the date when I withdrew it into my submissions log, and of course typing “Accepted!” into the row of the magazine where it will be published.
In a way it’s sad that I should take pleasure in petty details like this but happiness is in the little things, and with the path towards publication being as arduous as it is, one needs to take delight in any little success.


  1. This was a great post for me to share with a friend today who was wondering what to say because her piece was accepted elsewhere. Thanks, Annette! (And yes, this pleasure in the "small things" is great!)

  2. This is the only time I'd consider withdrawing lovely. Congratulations!

  3. Thanks for the info. I hope to get the opportunity to put it to use VERY soon! Love your advice.

  4. Oh what happiness!! :) I can so relate!!

  5. Motherlongue - I'm glad my post came in time for your friend! Pass on my congrats, please.

    LT - what other reason is there to withdraw?

    Tia - I hope, too, that you'll be able to use that soon. But your book is rocking, so what do you care? :-)

    Anjuli - yes, a little happiness, but still.