How do you take your triangles? Editors. We don’t always get it right. At the end of the day, we are simply people with opinions – lots of them! Take, for example, these infamous rejection letters for books and series which would later become absolute classics. “An irresponsible holiday story that will never sell.”Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy that was rubbish and dull.”William Golding, Lord of the Flies “I haven’t the foggiest idea about what the man is trying to say. Apparently the author intends to be funny.”Joseph Heller, Catch 22 “I’m afraid I thought this one as dire as its title. It’s a kind of Prince of Denmark of the hotel world: a collection of clichés and stock characters I can’t see being anything but a disaster.”Fawlty Towers T.S. Elliott rejected George Orwell’s Animal Farm whilst working for Faber & Faber. F. Scott Fitzgerald was told to de-Gatsby The Great Gatsby. Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women) was encouraged to “stick to teaching.” One person’s trash is another’s treasure. It’s an undeniable fact that as editors we are gatekeepers – but are we opening the door to new voices, or checking names against a VIP list? We started Fragmented Voices because we know all too well the feeling of not fitting in, of not being the right shape. We do want good writing – writing that gets you in the belly, that sticks with you. We just don’t believe it comes from one type of person. Meet Finn. Our mascot. Our totem. Finn the fox is a loner. He is made up of all the pieces that wouldn’t fit – those thought too pointy, too awkward, just… not the right shape. Put ’em together, and you get something special. There is a place for everyone in the publishing world. You just have to make foxes out of them! So, English isn’t your first language? Submit to us! You haven’t yet been published? Submit to us! You’re just dipping your toe in? Dive in! We currently have an open callout for our Big Book project over the summer. Our online magazine opens again from September. You may not be accepted. We receive a lot of submissions, and we have a very full publishing roster – but we will aim to help you understand why you weren’t successful this time. Let’s demystify the process! We can’t wait to hear from you. Rue * With thanks to good old QI, Season 15, for many of these rejection letters.