At least it's semi-timely. I submitted a story to this particular magazine at the end of December and it's now early April, so it only took about three and a half months to send me this rejection. And rejection is fine; I can live with it. But what I cannot tolerate and will not forget is the disrespect this magazine shows by rejecting a story with a form that measures only about 4 inches square. I've seen postage stamps bigger than this rejection slip. And they have the nerve to include the following: "We regret the form letter; we receive too many manuscripts to make private responses to each submission." Letter? These people have a very odd notion of that concept.
Do you think, by sending this absurd scrap of paper, the size of a post-it note, that they're saying, "Look, please don't send us another submission because we're not sure we could fit all these rejection words on an even smaller form." I believe I'll save them the trouble and scratch this magazine off my list.