Most Poetic Rejection Letter:

for Merry Christmas on the Inside

No-one likes getting rejected, but this poetic response from Jason of the UK magazine The Delinquent, lessens the pain somewhat – haha ๐Ÿ˜‰


Dear Gabrielle,

Thanks for sending us โ€œMerry Christmas on the insideโ€. It was a very close thing. So close, the windows shook and our eyebrows were singed. But weโ€™re sorry to say you didnโ€™t quite get into the magazine this time.

We receive a lot of good work and have to make some very tough decisions. Sometimes itโ€™s just a balance thing. We like to keep things varied, and sometimes we get things wrong. I think it was only a case of the niggles that held us back โ€“ the piece wouldnโ€™t fit as a double page spread and although we liked part I very much, we werenโ€™t entirely sure about whether the later parts pulled together and added up to an equal sized pillar.

But please take these comments with a pinch of salt. Our tastes are not everyoneโ€™s, and we get a lot of things wrong. It’s very likely we’ve done you an injustice.

We hope your resolve is undiminished and you will send us some work for a future issue.

All the best,



Note: here is a link to Merry Christmas on the Inside ๐Ÿ™‚

and here is my email to Jason

Dear Jason,
Thank you for the most poetic rejection email I have ever received โ€“ hahaha โ€“ a thing of beauty.
highly amused (though of course deeply saddened by the rejection)
Gabrielle Brydenย  ๐Ÿ™‚