Thank you for submitting a piece for the upcoming issue of [______]. We enjoyed some of the whimsical aspects of your piece. Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that we are unable to publish [______] at this time.
Please excuse my absence last week. I was processing.
Recently, I received a number of declinations in which the editor, after praising certain aspects of a given story, provided detailed feedback about what works and does not work, in their valued opinion.
In terms of feedback, the readers’ comments were all fairly consistent. Everyone agreed that it was excellently written but that it was difficult to engage with. I hope this feedback is helpful.
This got me to thinking about all the personalized rejections, or rejections with feedback, I have received over the past few years. Plenty has been written about the different types of rejection a writer will receive, the benefits of rejection, and how to respond to rejection. Yet, rejection notices that include specific feedback are peculiar things, quite rare.
What to make of them?