Here's a fun one from the mailbag.
"...They had my story less than 3 days before rejecting it. Does that make me believe they gave it "careful consideration"? Well, you know the answer. I guess I actually may have gotten more "careful consideration" than most. There are many writers on Duotrope who report getting 0-day responses from this market. Does Professor Mirsky have the entire student body reading these manuscripts? Is there a submission-reading sweatshop located in some dark basement of the English Department of City College?"
----- Original Message ----- From: "Fiction"------------
Sent: March 02, 2009 4:19 PM
Subject: Your submission to Fiction
Dear Contributor: Thank you very much for submitting your work. After careful consideration, the editors were not able to accept it for publication.
We would like to offer personalized letters or feedback but limitations of time and staff have made that impossible at the present. We wish you the best of luck in finding a journal to publish your writing. The editorial staff, including the editor-in- chief, Mark Jay Mirsky, welcomes critical response to past issues of the magazine if you wish to include any in future submissions or letters. If you identify yourself as a writer who submitted to Fiction, you may order back issues at a fifty percent discount.
With best regards,