Samara O'Shea

Modern Love Rejects

My new website is up and running! It doesn’t have the full content yet, but I’m excited to give you a sneak peek. It’s is called Modern Love Rejects, and Modern Love, in this case, refers to the weekly NY Times column that appears in the Sunday paper. The Modern Love column has been around since 2004. Anyone is welcome to audition for the column by writing a 1,800 – 2,000-word essay and sending it to Many have made it in and plenty of others have not.

Among those who’ve been rejected are myself and, the site’s co-founder, Kiri Blakeley. We’ve both attempted and been rejected three times. Thus we’ve decided to create a place where the rejects could gather and post their not-good-enough essays. Other writers we know who’ve been rejected include: Alisa Bowman, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Judy Dutton. They will be contributing essays for us. If you, or anyone you know, has been left brokenhearted by Modern Love, please get in touch with us.