Elegant rejection



We have read your manuscript with boundless delight.

If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, etc.

-rejection slip from a Chinese economics journal.

George Plimpton, The Writers’ Chapbook (Viking 1989) p. 134

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8 thoughts on “Elegant rejection

    1. It makes you wonder about the business model of publishers in China. Logically, they should only publish very poor work so they can go on increasing standards.

      1. Hah! Touché! Actually I’m playing in an orchestral concert this Saturday, going from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous: the organ part in the opening to ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ and … the piano part to the music from ‘Frozen’. And a few other things in between… 😁

  1. I have a slew of those rejections too, but have a few publications as well. Two books and a scrap book full of published letters to the editor. In fact I had two letters published this week in our national paper.

      1. One was a thriller about atomic energy. It was rejected. Another one that got reject was a memoir about when I was away at school. The two that got published were about nursing.

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