Thank you for letting us consider some of your work, but unfortunately we’ve decided not to publish any of these pieces. I want to assure you that your work has been taken under careful consideration—at least two editors read each submission, and I’m always one of them.
With so many poems coming in—thousands each month—the decisions are hard, and often subjective. There’s only room for about 100 poems in each issue, meaning we’re only able to accept less than 1% of the material we receive. However, we enjoy reading poems as much as you enjoy writing them, and we don’t solicit work, so your submissions truly are our lifeblood; we hope you’ll keep sending new work as it’s ready.
So...thanks for letting us read some, we don't want any. Something about the way that was worded makes me laugh. And it isn't comforting that multiple editors passed on it! lol Actually, I prefer wordy rejections like this over the one liners I've gotten in the past. I think I'll submit here in the future. That's an experience I haven't had yet and hope to have...sending work to a place that previously rejected me and getting accepted. Then I'll feel like I've grown or something or they changed all the editors lol. Either way...Rattle will hear from me again probably at the end of this year.
And subjective is one of my least favorite words now. This confirms it lol.