editorial review

How to send a rejection

We all receive rejections from time to time.  Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them.

To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters.  Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.”

However, we sometimes receive a well written rejection.

Below are two examples of the right way to write a rejection:

Dear Mr de Sousa,

Thank you for your recent application for position of Cleaning Operative (35.5 hpw). The Selection Panel has now considered all applications received and it is with regret that I write to inform you that you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion.

I hope that you will consider other opportunities at Aberystwyth University. Full details of all vacancies are available on our website

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the interest you have shown in the position and the University and I wish you every success for the future.

Kind regards,

Human Resources
Aberystwyth University

HI Vasco,

Thank you for sending us “For the Love of Music”. We wanted to let you know that your submission made it further in our reading process than most work does and though we won’t be publishing it this time around, we hope that you’ll send us more work in the future.

PANK loves you!!

You can go here to view the submission:

[Editorial note: The link was in the initial rejection.  We removed the link when we published this on the blog.]

If, however, you’re looking for more entertainment in your rejections, we might point you  back to 2010, and our reject a character contest.

Stay tuned, we may be publishing a good acceptance letter soon.  (Fingers crossed.)