Filed under: Rejections, What I wish American Theatre Would Learn from the Brits, writing | Tags: flattering words, Leah Ryan FEWW award, rejection
I got a nicely written rejection from the Leah Ryan FEWW award. It would be nice if they wrote it especially for me – if it was my work specifically that was (SOME NICE FLATTERING WORDS – I meant to put the actual words here but the rejection letter has now gone missing so just imagine some nice flattering playwright-y words) but I sincerely doubt that they wrote multiple rejection letters.
Rejection letters are tricky because you want them to be somehow palliative but if they’re too complimentary, like this one, they can seem insincere. Surely not EVERY play they read was (MORE FLATTERING WORDS.) It makes me appreciate anew how great the theatres in the UK were at their rejection letters. You knew when they said something about your play that they were actually responding to YOUR work, whether they liked it or not. There were sufficient references to the work at hand to be sure that a human being had read it, processed it and went to the trouble to tell you about their response.
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