Today I received a rejection letter that raised my spirits and motivates me to keep writing:
On behalf of the editors of Watershed Review, we sincerely thank you for sending us your short fiction. We appreciated the opportunity to read your work.
Although we ultimately decided against publishing your story, we appreciated the developed characters, especially M., and the rendering of the human impact of poverty without being too heavy-handed; there is a power and poise to its authenticity.
While this story has not found a home with Watershed Review at this time, we wish you the best in placing this work elsewhere. Please consider sending to us again in the future.