We'd like to keep improving our review process, and part of that means making sure that authors understand what happens when an item is submitted for review.
Reviewers use a combination of pre-prepared review responses and handwritten, personalised notes. The pre-prepared responses handle the most common errors and issues we see in the review queue and are standardised to ensure that each review is as informative and clear as possible.
You may see variations of these rejection reasons across all Market sites:
Your submission doesn't meet our quality requirements
Unfortunately, your submission doesn't meet our current minimum technical quality requirements for the category it was submitted to. Please consider taking some time to familiarize yourself with our current library and quality levels of popular items before resubmitting.
Your submission does not have sufficient commercial utility
We're not able to accept your submission as it does not provide enough commercial utility. Submissions need to be commercially viable and provide a minimum level of utility for potential buyers. Please consider browsing the Market to see what kind of submissions provide more commercial utility.
You have uploaded this submission to an incorrect category
This file would be better suited to the [correct category]. Please read the category upload instructions and resubmit this file using the [correct category] upload form.
Your submission is too similar to existing items
Though there may not be anything wrong with your file, we either have plenty of this submission type already or there is currently not enough demand from customers for this type of submission.
You have resubmitted a previously rejected submission without changes
This is a resubmission of a previously rejected submission. Resubmitting without making the required changes or any improvements is not considered acceptable use of the Envato Market and repeated attempts may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of authorship.
If this item was previously soft-rejected, please resubmit your updated files by updating the item directly. If this item was previously hard-rejected, it must be changed as required in the initial review or significantly improved such that it qualifies as a new item.
Your submission does not meet our maturity content guidelines
Unfortunately, your file contains inappropriate language and/or explicit sexual, violent or drug-related content, which will need to be removed from all previews and download files. Please remove offensive material from future uploads before submitting them.
Your submission contains watermarked images that are not from Envato sites
Your submission appears to include watermarked images or other watermarked assets not from Envato's marketplaces.
Envato policy does not allow non-Envato watermarked assets. You are welcome to use any watermarked preview of an item for sale on the Envato Market within your submission preview, screenshot or a live demo, as long as the item is credited.
You should not include these assets in your main file. For further information, view this blog post and consider browsing our various marketplaces, such as PhotoDune, for watermarked assets to use in your submission previews.
Your submission is not suitable for sale due to copyright or intellectual property issues
We're not able to accept your submission as it appears to contain copyrighted content or content in the submission is protected by intellectual property rights and is not allowed to be sold as commercial stock.
Your submission has an incorrect description
Your file description was either not relevant, not appropriate, or contained a list of keywords/tags, which is not allowed. Descriptions should briefly and coherently describe what is in your submission.
Your submission has incorrect tags
Your submission contained no tags/keywords or contained tags which were irrelevant or misleading. Please add some descriptive tags/keywords to your submission via the dedicated tagging section of the submission form.
For help with effective descriptions and tags, see here.
Your submission requires a release form
- Your submission requires a release form. For more information about providing signed release forms for images containing recognizable humans and/or locations protected by intellectual property rights, please refer to Model and Location Releases article. Please attach your release form(s) in a single zipped folder.
In addition to these general responses, reviewers use pre-written responses to tackle market-specific issues.