We Won’t Be Pursuing Further Work With You

I’ve been having an almighty clear-out of my office today and happened upon this gem. It was for a script I’d sent the BBC many years ago. And yes, the very final and very definite ‘We won’t be pursuing further work with you’ did, most certainly, sting at the time.
I can smile about it now (actually it’s probably my favourite rejection). I just thought I’d share. It’s important to understand that rejections happen.

9 Comments on “We Won’t Be Pursuing Further Work With You

  1.  by  Dolly

    Ouch! I appreciate rejections happens, but "we won't be pursuing further work from you" sounds bit more harsh than "this project isn't right for us." I would be scared to send BBC anything now. Glad you've moved on from it. πŸ™‚

  2.  by  Nik Perring

    It did feel harsh at the time (even though the script was probably utter poo). Don't let it scare you off – this was seven years ago so a) things will probably have changed and b) what I sent them wasn't very good.Shame they didn't think I'd improve though! πŸ™‚

  3.  by  Nik Perring

    I'm glad too. I think I was pretty aware at the time that I needed to improve, so this, in a funny way, probably helped. What I'm dying to know, though, is whether this was their standard rejection letter. Either that or I was REALLY bad! πŸ™‚

  4.  by  Scars Beneath The Skin

    The way it reads to me is that they won't be following up the submitted work, but there's nothing to stop you submitting more work. It looks like an absolutely standard reply, not a 'we don't think you can write' letter. I got 50+ rejections from agents and publishers for my novel until it found a welcoming home!

  5.  by  Nik Perring

    Hey Andy. Oh I'm sure that's what they meant – it was just when I read it (seven years ago – where did that go!!) it didn't seem like that! Just clumsy I think. Still, it makes me chuckle!

  6.  by  brokenbiro

    *winces* that's gotta hurt! I submitted many stories to Postcards from Hell, who's standard rejection was: "We have subjected our victims to your story but they were not sufficiently traumatized. Your story has been consigned to the Lake of Fire. Thanks for trying."So much better than a well know n poetry mag which writes: "Alas, these are not what I seek." Which makes you feel like you've let yourself down, let them down, let everybody down.

  7.  by  Susan

    Wow, that's brutal. The only justification I can think of is they get oceans of crap, but I still think that's rough enough.

  8.  by  Lisa

    Ouch! Subtle, straight to the point and possibly a tiny bit harsh. At least they had the decency to get back to you though!

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