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December 13, 2008

The most positive rejection letter ever

I really can't help but feel good after reading this rejection... it's funny.

Thanks so much for having [person I know at the Sundance Labs] give me A WELL ADJUSTED BOY. With regrets, I'm writing to let you know the disappointing news that we did not select it for our Screenwriters Lab. We thought your writing displayed a fresh voice and that your characters were charming, and we ultimately found the story to be quite touching. I can absolutely see why [person I know at Sundance Labs] is such a fan of yours. The unfortunate reality of having so few spaces at the Lab is that we just can't support all the worthy and engaging projects that come our way, and we end up having to make some really tough decisions. We sincerely appreciate you giving us the opportunity to consider the script, and wish you the best of luck with finding the resources to move forward with it. I hope you'll think of us again with future work. Warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Posted by jason on December 13, 2008 01:26 PM


That is a very nice letter, indeed, and it sounds genuine! That must have been written by someone who remembers how it feels to be rejected and wants to cause as little pain as possible. Good for them, for being human about it! And good for you, too, Jase, because they clearly thought it was something well worth considering (and that is encouraging). If they saw the worth of it, someone else will, too...someone who can actually invest in and support it! Blessings!

Posted by: kathiek on December 14, 2008 10:26 AM

Wow, Jason - positive rejection is one step away from grudging acceptance!

Posted by: Mike on December 15, 2008 11:18 AM

I'm sure we've all received acceptance letters that weren't so positive as this. A near miss--just sharpens the aim a bit more til that eventual hit!

Posted by: Pop on December 15, 2008 12:19 PM

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