Suite101 Turned Me Down

I am shocked

Probably all of us internet writers have applied to Suite101.com at some point in our careers. Once we figure out proper combinations of verbs, nouns, and gerunds that tickle the search engines, it's a logical step to submit samples to elite web sites. The worst they can say is 'no', right?

Obviously, Suite101.com represents the epitome of Internet writing. Mountain climbers dream of Everest. Online authors linger over steaming herbal tea anxiously scanning their email in search of welcoming letters from sites that actually verify an email address before permitting publication. It's not Oprah's Book Club, but we can work in our pajamas.

Recently I applied to this estimable site. Visions of online greatness danced in my head. Nothing would stand in my way. Acceptance by the bots, (oops, the editorial staff) at Suite101 would punch my ticket into the upper echelons of free online web sites that publish stuff from anonymous sources. Alas, they saw through my writing ruse and cleanly rejected my samples. Whither my Google ads?


What is Suite101.com?

I don' t know what it is: they won't let me play in their sandbox.

Let us assume that the site accepts original content from aspiring authors, mixes in a few advertisements, and serves up visually pleasing web pages. That's familiar territory.

The primary variance between Suite101 and 264 other writing-based web sites appears to be some level of exclusivity. Writers must submit to a relatively rigorous application process that includes providing an email address and waiting about 6 months.

I will survive.
I will survive.

Someday I applied

Long ago, in a cyberspace far away, I digitally suggested to Suite101.com that I might be qualified to write articles for them. Certainly this effort was expended in the last 12 months, but everything else is hazy. Evidently I visited the site, filled out a form, and submitted samples. The evaluation process must be extensive.

My rejection letter, depicted at right, appears rather generic. The nurturing editors were probably on vacation when my application landed on the boardroom table. Whomever was burdened with processing my paperwork saw so little potential in my scribblings that they couldn't be bothered to actually mail-merge a proper salutation into the missive.

Perhaps the letter wasn't even meant for me. I greedily clutch the abstract hope that somehow the evaluation process includes crucial operational errors causing misdirected rejection notices to periodically escape the Suite101 mail servers. Internet writers survive on this brand of faith. It's not as nutritious as Ramen noodles, but those little spice packets have way too much salt anyway.

Moving Forward

Remember: when life gives you lemons, write a series of hubs about it.

My post-rejection plan includes survival. 'Push on' appears as the top of my to-do list. No plain vanilla rebuff will derail my authorship cravings. Someday I will appear on Oprah and I will wear my pajamas.

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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Don't feel bad, they turned me down too.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@2besure : hang in there! They will miss us!


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AOkay12 5 years ago from Florida

Wow. Sorry that you were turned down. I thought about applying for Suite101 in the past, but later decided not to. I felt like it might not be worth my time. It seems that it is much harder to get accepted, than it used to be at websites similar to Suite101.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

LOL - Well thank you so much for taking that rejection letter, for me. I too had visions of grandeur of one day writing on Suite 101 but was hesitant for fear of not writing well enough... If you were turned down, then surely my rejection would be such that I wouldn't even rate a missive via e-mail.


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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

I wonder if your work was even read. It sounds like maybe they just had too many applicants. I am tempted to apply even though I don't really want to write for them. Just curious to whether I would get the exact missive. Have you tried Demand Studios? I was accepted there.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Dardia: Thanks! Demand Studios sounds cooler than Suite101 anyway. ;)


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I think I'll apply so they can turn me down too! Up and useful and funny.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Yo, nicomp, Why would you want to write for an outfit called 101 Suits. They don't even know how to spell the word.


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

Interesting reading. I had never heard of Suite101. It sounds as if they are a picky company to write for.


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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

tlpoague : Yes, they hurt my feelings. One day I will own them. Or not.

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