Got a couple form letters.
But I also got a great one from The Missouri Review:
“Although we won’t be publishing this story, I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your writing. The style and structure of the story itself sets it apart. Good luck in the future and I hope you’ll try us again.”
There are two things that are great to see when you get a rejection letter: the first is a handwritten note. That’s just awesome.
But the awesome-ness increases with the second bit: the caliber of the magazine.
Who thought rejection could make you smile?