Email Ethics: Replying to Rejections?


I have a curious question. Is it wrong, not recommended, or downright stupid to email back and editor and thank them for the comments they made in a personalized rejection notice?
I don’t want to do something considered a “no no”.

Any thoughts?

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

3 thoughts on “Email Ethics: Replying to Rejections?

  1. Think of it as a response to a job rejection. After an interview, proper etiquette is to send back a thank you note. If you are not accepted, many professionals will ask what the employer what it was they were looking for or what qualifications they were missing for the job. It shows your desire to continue growing with in your desired field of work 🙂

    So I would write back for constructive feedback.

  2. Well, it’s sort of a no-no to ask for feedback from an editor since they don’t have any time as it is (they’re usually desperately trying to get through the slush pile). But I may send a thank you note.

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