“if we didn’t have so many to choose from, we might have chosen yours”

How is that supposed to make any artist feel better?

Rejection letters are a reality and one that I am perfectly willing to face.  Not everybody will appreciate your work.  Possibly the majority will not appreciate it.

But let’s get down to the other reality that is the rejection letter.  I’ve seen plenty, and one overriding pattern I have noticed is the tendency to cite the number of entries when it comes to not having been chosen.  Why exactly is this supposed to be comforting?  This information had little to no bearing on the work that was accepted, so how is it suddenly relevant when turning others away?

I know I’d prefer honesty.

“Look, we just hated it.”

“Nothing about your art is anything we want to look at.”

But of course, these are form letters and the volume of rejections I guess is what prevents them from being able to include personal barbs.  I just think it would be hilarious and lovely.

And let’s not forget the everlasting closing statement: “Feel free to fork over more money for the next open call!”

Sincerely,

Juror.

that's right, we don't like you and you can't do anything about it.

that’s right, we don’t like you and you can’t do anything about it.

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