Definition 2022


rejection slip



rejection slip (plural rejection slips)

  1. (publishing) A standardized message notifying an author that his or her work has not been accepted for publication, ordinarily printed on a small piece of paper and attached to the returned manuscript.
    • 1909, Jack London, Martin Eden, ch. 11:
      The rejection slip was so tactfully worded that he felt kindly toward the editor.
    • 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned, ch. 3:
      The editor . . . returned the manuscript with a rejection slip. Anthony sent it off elsewhere and began another story.
    • 2002 April 14, Frank McCourt, "Reflections on Creative Writing Class," New York Times (retrieved 18 Aug 2015):
      I told my writers . . . by the end of the term they'd have to bring in either a rejection slip or a check from a publisher.

Usage notes

  • Use of this term has decreased with the increase in electronic communication.

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