There’s nothing like a helping of light-hearted humour to ease the pain of rejection, as evidenced by this form letter from the offices of Mad magazine, one of the most influential humour publications ever released. The letter was sent to all unsuccessful submitters of material during the much-lauded reign of Al Feldstein.
Transcript follows. Enormous thanks to Christopher Lading for supplying this letter.
Recommended reading: The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics.
485 MADISON AVENUE · NEW YORK N. Y. 10022 · PLAZA 2-7685
Sorry, but we’ve got bad news!
You’ve been rejected!
Don’t take this personally though. All of us feel rejected at one time or another. At least, that’s what our group therapist tells us here at MAD. He says we shouldn’t worry about it.
So that should be your attitude: “What-Me worry?”
Besides – although you’ve been rejected, things could have been a lot worse. Your material might have been ACCEPTED!
Then where would you be?
(Signed, ‘Al Feldstein’)
P.S. Our group therapist also mentioned that many people are so rejected by a rejection that they don’t try again. And we wouldn’t want THAT! We really WOULD like you to keep sending us your article ideas and scripts. . .so we can keep sending you these idiotic rejection slips!