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rejection letter

updated fri 29 jul 05


Russel Fouts on fri 29 jul 05


"OK mister, I've been rejected by far better potters than you"

I think it's time to send this out again.

The original was written by Paul Delvin. A craft photographer friend, Steve
Meltzer merely changed it a bit to fit our purposes.

To: Show Jury
Any Show Or Fair
Outthere, USA or anywhere

Dear Juror(s),

Having reviewed the many show rejections I have received in the last
few weeks, it is with great regret that I must inform you that I am
unable to accept your rejection at this time.

This year after applying to many shows and fairs I have received an
especially fine selection of rejections. Unfortunately the number of
rejections I can accept is limited by requirements of space and staffing.

I reviewed each of my rejections carefully and on an individual basis
before selecting those to reject. Many factors were taken in to
account-- the condition of the returned slides the cost of the
entry, quality of the rejection notice, the typeface used, the
overall design and the number of words in the rejection notice.

I am sure that most shows I submitted entries to are more than
qualified to reject me. But given the large number of rejections I
have received, I am sure that some mistakes were made in my own
jurying of some rejections. I can only hope that they were few in number.

I am also aware of the keen disappointment my decision may bring to
you-- the juror(s)-- and the show promoter. Throughout my
deliberations, I have had to keep in mind the time and effort, small
though it may have been, that it may have taken for you to reach your
decision to reject me.

Keep in mind that due to the very high volume of rejections
encountered this year it was necessary for me to reject even those
rejection letters that could have normally met my high standards.

I appreciate your having enough interest in my application to accept
my entry and judging fees while rejecting my work. Let me wish you
well in what I am sure will be a successful event . Perhaps next
year I will give you another opportunity to submit a rejection noice to me.

Thank you

Feel free to use this version to send to shows.


Russel Fouts
Mes Potes & Mes Pots
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 223 02 75
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