Rejection Letter From A Chinese Editor


The following is said to be an exact translation of the letter sent by a Chinese editor to a would-be contributor whose manuscript he found it necessary to return:

Illustrious brother of the sun and moon: Behold thy servant prostrate before thy feet. I kowtow to thee, and beg that of thy graciousness thou mayst grant that I may speak and live. Thy honored manuscript has deigned to cast the light of its august countenance upon us. With raptures we have perused it. By the bones of my ancestors, never have I encountered such wit, such pathos, such lofty thought. With fear and trembling I return the writing. Were I to publish the treasure you sent me, the emperor would order that it should be made the standard and that none be published except such as equaled it. Knowing literature as I do, and that it would be impossible in ten thousand years to equal what you have done, I send your writing back. Ten thousand times I crave your pardon. Behold my head is at your feet. Do what you will.

Your servant’s servant,

The Editor.


The Literary World, March 23, 1895


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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25 Responses to Rejection Letter From A Chinese Editor

  1. B4-KJV says:

    Very interesting rejection letter!


  2. ARJ says:

    there are some posts for which a like is mamdatory


  3. Abigail says:

    Now I’m curious what this illustrious manuscript was.


  4. Michelle says:

    I once had to write to an employee to tell him we would no longer need him and he said it was the nicest ‘You’ve been fired’ letter he had ever received, he’d framed it and put it on his wall. However, it wasn’t as nice as this one!


  5. Arohii says:

    Haha, that’s exactly how I’d like to be rejected.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. John says:

    Hahaha, sorry for my laugh! Is this in 2018? I really don’t understand that answer (My mother language is Swedish)


  7. K E Garland says:

    LOL – that’s the BEST rejection letter ever!


  8. I have found that including discount grocery store coupons along with a manuscript does not seem to influence the editors positively.

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Silent Hour says:

    Ha ha ha! The emperor would command for everyone to write like that? What a rejection!


  10. Jack Shalom says:

    That was very funny. Thanks. I would be thrilled to get a rejection slip like that.


  11. pvcann says:

    Yes, he plunged the sword in and the guy didn’t feel a thing, clever.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Cloud Walker says:

    They know how to butter it!


  13. tskraghu says:

    Reblogged this on Kaleidoscope and commented:
    Would have surely made the author feel sorry for the editor:-)


  14. Very good 😄😄😄


  15. thomlang says:

    So good – thanks for sharing this!


  16. paolsoren says:

    Can you imagine the editor laughing as he dictated to the scribe.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Very distinguished way of saying ‘NOPE!’ 😂😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. ivor20 says:

    Behead the editor….. chop, chop.


  19. Wow… that was good… quite a rejection!


  20. Deb Whittam says:

    That is quite remarkable – I wonder if it is true … if it is the author of that rejection letter should be writing books

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Nandita says:

    Telling him to go to hell and doing it so well that he looks forward to it. Haha

    This was really good, Edmark.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. Garfield Hug says:

    Really good!! Haha!


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