I'm entered in a couple of contests. According to Duotrope, one of them sent out a batch of rejection letters today. I wish that meant I made it to a higher round, but my entry is still marked "Received" in Submittable. The initial screeners must be sending out rejections as they go along. Personally, I find rejection easier to take when all the losers are notified at the end of the contest. When my story is read and immediately rejected, it makes me think that either: A) My story was so bad it couldn't survive the first round. B) The journal is letting screeners reject stories on the first read without waiting for a second opinion from another reader. Neither option is great, but option B is why I enter contests reluctantly. If I'm paying $20+ for an entry, it would be nice to know they are giving the stories greater-than-average scrutiny. In reality, I think the opposite is usually true.