I think that Gemini Magazine gave me the nicest rejection letter yet:
Thanks so much for submitting to Gemini. Though we’re going to pass this time, I enjoyed reading “Soon” and appreciate the opportunity to consider it.
Tight writing and nice cloak of suspense kept me reading.
David Bright, Editor
ISN’T THAT SWEET? A note to all you magazine and journal editors out there, THIS IS THE WAY TO WRITE A REJECTION LETTER! Unless the story was crap, and then you should probably not say that you like it, but if you like a story and still can’t accept it in your magazine for whatever reason, this is DEFINITELY the way to encourage the author, politely reject, and show them what’s the best thing about their story so when they write more they’re keeping it in mind. It’s the kind of rejection letter that tells them what makes them good, and helps them in the future without being rude.
Even if all you get is a rejection like mine, Gemini Magazine is absolutely worth submitting to!
In further news, “Soon” has now been submitted to Pithead Chapel, so we’ll see if we get a better response from them!