Sunday, July 8, 2007

Rejection Letter Humor

The following has been circulating around the web as being “The Ultimate Rejection Letter”. It is, in fact, the rejection of a rejection letter. Written by a grad student in 1995 to express his feelings about being rejected for a teaching position, copies were given just to a few of his close friends. He never mailed it and had no idea it had been circulated on the internet until he stumbled across it in 2002. None of the names in the letter are real, nor is the school. You can read his story on the following site:

Herbert A. Millington
Chair - Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington:

Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.

Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.


Chris L. Jensen


Rejection Letter Toilet Paper – If you have enough disposable income, you can really make a statement regarding your feelings about receiving a rejection letter.

Express Your Feelings – Have “Bart” say it for you – type in a phrase, then click the “Crear nueva frase” button,Submit=Crear+nueva+frase

Feeling Rejected? – Robbie Eklow asks, “What if quilt shows offered you the chance to write your own acceptance/rejection letter?"

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