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™‚

31 thoughts on “Most poetic rejection letter

  1. That Jason took the time to reply to you in such a kind and poetic way is both cheering and impressive. He probably would be quite a nice guy to be in a relationship with because he would break up with you very gently. LOL. He has provided me with my New Year’s resolution for 2012 – my resolve is undiminished!

    1. hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚ You can tell with some editors that they really don’t like to offend the writers submitting – and others can’t even be bothered responding with anything (years later we are still waiting – haha – ‘assumed rejected’ is what I write on my tracking list).

  2. now that is a truly fine rejection letter. i’d be proud to get one like that. it was based on space and layout, the decision, and not on the quality of the work. and he could have just said ‘sorry, no can do’ (but using a flat polite exclusivity) but he didnt, he wrote a real letter. too cool.

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