Brutally honest job rejection letters you wouldn't like to get

“The work you sent us is quite terrible.” Oh.

A SIMPLE ‘NO, thanks’ would have sufficed.

Being rejected is tough enough with the jobs market at such a low ebb.

Being rejected in this manner is just cruel (and it’s not a new phenomenon if 1938 Disney HR is anything to go by…)

Sub Pop Records addresses its letter ‘Dear Loser’.


The New York Times does not like the use of the word “asshole”.

Random House

Source: Other People’s Rejection Letters/Random House

The literary quarterly New Delta Review couldn’t describe how bad a manuscript was.

Random House

Source: Other People’s Rejection Letters/Random House

Author Gertrude Stein was probably fuming when she got this letter from publisher Arthur C Fifield mocking her manuscript of Three Lives.

Random House

An editor offered about the harshest criticism you can give a freelancer.

Literary Rejections on Display

Before he became famous for masterpieces such as Beetlejuice and The Nightmare before Christmas, Tim Burton was rejected by Disney.

Snowball Effekt

In 1938, Disney wouldn’t even consider women in the creative department.

Random House

- Vivian Giang and Lynne Guey

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