I'm unpublished and tried entering some short story contests via pw.org last year. I was rejected from all five contests I entered but this is what the Missouri Review had to say: Sincere thanks for sending us "Frederick's Quest For Venlafaxine" for consideration. Your work impressed the editorial staff with the piece's unique and humorous plot. The letters acting as introduction as well as resolution to the piece made for an interesting format. Though not selected for publication, the piece makes us hope we'll see more of your writing in the near future. I was just looking at old stuff -- this is from six months ago. Pretty cool! This was my first ever rejection letter. The rest of the publications either said nothing or had a sort of robot rejection response sent to all rejectees. Just wanted to share this.