I’m moving up in the literary world: I got my first personalized rejection letter the other day!
Thank you for considering *REDACTED* as a place for your work. Having read and discussed your piece ‘Re-entry,’ our readers regrettably do not feel this submission is right for *REDACTED* at this time. I want to wish you the best of luck on placing this elsewhere. Please submit your work to us in the future, we’d like to see more from you. We never consider past submissions in our judgement.
I would also like to state the immense amount of submissions we receive. To get to the number of pieces we ultimately publish, we must read hundreds of submissions. Of these, we often find 100 or so are very, very well done. We would be proud to take any of these and publish them, yet even here, we must whittle this number to less than 40%. Please, never take rejection personally, at this level it becomes very subjective.
At least, it sounds personalized, you know, that one sentence at least…I’ve never been rejected by them before in the past, so I can’t really tell….