=== Higher Tier (?) 2021 ===
Thanks so much for all your kind words regarding [author's story from recent issue] — we know he appreciates the thoughtful response to his piece. We're big fans of it as well, and we're so happy to hear it resonated with you.
Thanks also for your patience, and for your submission to No Contact. We enjoyed the chance to read [Title], but felt that it wasn't quite the right fit for us stylistically. Still, we'd be pleased to see more of your work soon.
We do hope you'll try us again. Hope you’re well, and please take care.
All our best, [editors' names]