These 8 Rejection Letters To Famous People Prove You Should Never Give Up


Being rejected is a horrible thing, but as these 8 letters to famous people prove, we all get rejected, but we shouldn't let that stop us from achieving what we want in life.

A letter to U2.


U2 was formed in 1976, excited about their future, they pitched their first ever single to RSO Records. However the company was not impressed with the band. Within months U2 where signed with Island records, and released their first international single, "11 0'Clock Tick Tock."

Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol gave one of his pieces away to a modern art museum in 1965, for free, and they still rejected it. Ironically, that same museum now houses 168 of his original art pieces.

Sylvia Plath


Less of a rejection, but more of a request for some revisions for Sylvia Plath. You would never expect her to get anything other than a yes for her poem "Amnesiac."



The author of this letter thought Madonna was not "ready yet". Not long after she sold 10 million album copies worldwide. I wonder how they felt after that...

Kurt Vonnegut


Two writing samples that Kurt Vonnegut sent The Atlantic Monthly in 1949 were considered commendable, but "not compelling enough for final acceptance." He didn't let it get him down. The author had the letter framed, and now it hangs in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis.

Tim Burton


While Tim Burton received praise for his children's book, "The Giant Zlig," disney didn't consider it marketable enough. They later employed him as an animator. Smart move.

Gertrude Stein

In what might be the snarkiest rejection letter of all time, Arthur C. Fifield rejected Gertrude Stein's manuscript for "The Making of Americans" without even bothering to read it the whole way through. How rude.


Jim Lee


Jim Lee is co-publisher of DC comics and one of the most famous people in the comic book industry. But this letter from marvel told him to "reapply" once he learnt how to draw hands.

Although it sounds so cliche, never let anyone put you down. And never give up on your dreams.