This Rejection Letter From 1928 Is Absolutely Brutal

Ouch.

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If you’re a writer who submits your work to publications then you probably know all about rejection — hell, some of the greatest authors out there today were once rejected, too. So you are going to be able to relate to this just-found letter from 1928 that might just be one of the most brutal rejection letter’s we’ve seen.

The Twitter “Letters of Note” shared a typewritten rejection letter written by the publishing house of Angus & Robertson LTD in 1928. The letter, addressed to F.C. Meyer, is right to the point — the point being that Meyer will not be getting published by Angus & Robertson LTD.

Check out the letter below.

As you can see the letter reads:

Dear Sir,

No, you may not send us your verses and we will not give you the name of another publisher. We hate no rival publisher sufficiently to ask you to inflict them on him. The specimen poem is simply awful. In fact, we have never seen worse.

Yours faithfully,

Angus & Robertson LTD

Yours faithfully? That’s rough. But don’t worry because there’s some good news: Meyers actually ended up getting published:

And if you’re wondering the type of writer that Meyer was well here is a taste of it:

Um…OK…perhaps that publisher was right. I mean, Meyer did get a special historical mention in the 2001 Artscape Terribly Bad Verse & Awful Poetry Competition.

But hey, never give up on your dreams, folks.

h/t Someecards

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