Jane Austen fan submits her work anonymously to publishers… and receives a dozen rejections
From Daily Mail article:
For when a budding author sent typed chapters of Jane Austen's novels to 18 of them, changing just the titles and characters' names, only one recognised her words.
Another managed to recognise they were 'a really original read'. But the rest simply rejected them or never responded, according to the man who posted the manuscripts, David Lassman.
"It was unbelievable," he said. "If the major publishers can't recognise great literature, who knows what might be slipping through the net?
Via the folks at Neatorama