To all you writers out there, allow me to enlighten you to a new form of editorial cowardice.
If it weren't bad enough to receive a form letter rejection that offers no hint to the real reason your story was rejected other than the editor really has no time to deal with your shattered ego...
If it weren't bad enough to receive a semi-personal rejection letter that flat out lies to you...
Now we have editors who simply don't respond at all. "If you don't hear from us within three weeks, you can assume we weren't able to use your work."
Thanks for nothing.
If I take the time to write a story, to read through your website to find out what you publish, to follow your ticky little submission guidelines as to format and where you want the page numbers and what font you prefer, and not send you a simultaneous submission or something that has been published somewhere else, and then wait three weeks to hear from you, the least you can do is send me two lines of bullshit why you can't use my story at this time and good luck with it elsewhere.