Thank you for sending us "—," but unfortunately we’ve decided not to publish any of these pieces. I'm sorry that it's bad news. We work hard to consider every poem fairly and carefully, with both Megan and I each reading everything separately, but we're whittling 100,000 a year down to the 150 that we publish, so bad news is an inevitable part of it. That doesn't mean we aren't grateful that you shared your work with us.
We're happy to read submissions any time, year-round—regular submissions are always free, and we pay all contributors. So hopefully we’ll always be at the top of your list for places to send new poems.
Best Wishes, Tim
__ Timothy Green Editor firstname.lastname@example.org www.rattle.com
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.
This is a form letter—necessary with a tiny staff and all these submissions—but what I’m about to say is sincere: Unlike most literary magazines, we don’t solicit work from famous poets; we feel that practice isn’t fair, and doesn’t make for a good magazine. Every single poem we publish started out as a submission, and 90% of the submissions we receive are from people who’ve submitted before. If you add those two facts together, you’ll see how much we rely on your persistence and generosity. We really do hope you’ll keep sending new work as it’s ready.
Also, it should go without saying that our decision to return this submission doesn’t mean much. We’re just fans of poetry ourselves, and all tastes are subjective. Moreover, we’re always looking to make the magazine as eclectic as possible – often we end up turning down submissions that we enjoy, simply because they’re similar in tone or content to other pieces we’ve published.
In any event, thanks for continuing to share your work.
Best Wishes, Tim
Hi "..." --
Thank you for letting us consider your work, but unfortunately we’ve decided not to publish this piece. 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.
Sorry for the ridiculously slow reply. I enjoyed this piece, the scope of it -- very ambitious. Hope you'll consider sending more soon.