I sent a short story to several literary journals a few months ago and was turned down by each one. Rejection isn’t unusual for us writers and we eventually learn not to lose sleep over it. There are certainly more of us than not who’ve amassed a respectable collection of self-esteem destroying building rejection letters. If nothing else, they’re proof we’re trying.
Typically, a rejection letter (or email, now that the entire process is mostly virtual) is kind, but succinct. Unfortunately, we have decided to pass on this story. We wish you success... You get the picture. Most editors don’t have the time (or desire) to provide writers with more than a rote explanation for why they’ve chosen to reject a piece, and it’s rare for them to tell writers whether or not they even liked the piece.