Thank you for submitting [Omitted] to Strange Horizons, but we’ve decided not to accept it for publication.



Thank you for submitting to Futures. However, I regret to tell you that I cannot offer to publish your piece on this occasion. Futures attracts a very high number of submissions — around ten times the number of stories that we can actually publish — so I am obliged to make difficult decisions. I know that this will be disappointing but I hope that it will not discourage you from submitting to Futures again.



Thank you for sending us [Omitted]. We appreciated the chance to look over it. However, the piece(s) is/are not for us. Don’t feel bad, though; this is a reflection of our aesthetic, not your quality.



Thank you for taking an interest in Gathering Storm Magazine and for sending us [Omitted]. We appreciate the opportunity to review your work. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the right fit for us, BUT PLEASE KEEP TRYING! We just didn’t feel that this submission was what we are looking for at this time.



Thank you for the opportunity to read [Omitted]. Unfortunately, your story isn’t quite what we’re looking for right now.



We’ve been discussing your recent submission [Omitted] and I’m afraid that we’ve decided not to purchase it for our upcoming issue. We no longer comment on submissions because we believe that writers should follow their own instincts. Having said that, I wish you the best of luck in placing it elsewhere.



Regarding your submission, unfortunately it hasn’t made it on the short list. The most common reasons for rejection were a mismatch with our vision of the theme and science fiction elements too heavy for our target audience. We regret that we can’t go into further details due to the number of submissions we’ve received, but we will strive to do better for our next issue. We’re very thankful that you took the time to submit your story to Visions and you hope you will consider us again.



Thank you for participating in the 2018 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. I regret to inform you that your entry was not selected as a winner or finalist. The judges have informed us that the competition was fierce, and that there were many high-quality manuscripts that didn’t make the cut. We applaud you for taking your craft seriously enough to enter this contest and seek feedback on your work.



Thank you for sending us your poetry. We appreciate the chance to read your work. Unfortunately, your pieces have not been selected at this time.



Thanks for letting us read your work. Unfortunately, we’ve decided this batch is not quite right for us. We wish you the best of luck in your continued writing.



Thank you for sending your short story [Omitted] to Literally Stories. Unfortunately we have decided not to publish your work on this occasion.



Thank you for submitting your story, [Omitted], to Daily Science Fiction. Unfortunately, we have decided not to publish it. To date, we have reviewed many strong stories that we did not take. Either the fit was wrong or we’d just taken tales with a similar theme or any of a half dozen other reasons. Best success selling this story elsewhere.



Thank you for submitting to FLARE: The Flagler Review. We regret that we are unable to accept your submission for publication in this issue, but we hope you will consider submitting again.


See Also

Rejection Letters from 2017

Rejection Letters before 2017