Behind the Scenes
My friend recently received this rejection (?) from magazine-I-shall-not-name. Your opinion?
Dear (name withheld),
Thank you for submitting your work to the (name withheld)
While your submission made it into the later stages of my consideration. After having a chance to reread your submission, at least once aloud, I must tell you that I will not be able to use any of your poems in this upcoming issue.
I know that a rejection almost always seems to be a personal thing–but seriously, I am only rejecting the poems you sent in this submission. If you’re poems made it this far into the process then I think you possess the talent and I would recommend/encourage you submit during the next reading period.