I got a personal rejection notice from The Capilano Review! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
(FYI: There are different kinds of rejections. There are form rejections which they are generic and have no personal touches, such as the author’s name and/or the name of the story. So they are blanket use rejections.
A personal rejection notice will be more, well, personal, and sometimes even include suggestions. A personal rejection is a good sign. It means the editors might have enjoyed the story, and they spent at least a little time with it.
The Capilano Review is one of the most internationally reputable literary magazines. Getting a personal rejection from them is like getting a late Christmas present. (✿◠‿◠) )