Trying to become a poet is not an easy thing. It involves a lot of hard work, a lot of criticism, a lot of getting it wrong, a lot of learning from your mistakes, and most of all a lot of rejection. I have been writing seriously for just over two years now, and one of the things that I have discovered is that even poets who I admire get rejections. It does not necessarily get easier, you just accept it more.
So how do we cope with rejection? One idea that I have come up with is to start a rejection club. The basic idea is that anyone who is a member of the club has to be so for a year. In that year every member keeps evidence of their rejections. At the end of the year, the poet with the most rejections is bought a prize, a drink by every other member or a meal by the whole group, by way of commiserating with their bad luck. There will also be a prize for the publication who has given a member the best rejection letter, and the worst.
If there is enough interest in this idea I will set it up. There is no need for the club to be limited to the Edinburgh area. The plan I have means that it can be set up anywhere in the world. Geography is no limit to rejection.