Yesterday I mentioned I am collecting rejection letters. Here's a good one:
Thank you for sending your work to AGNI. It received careful consideration here.
We will not be able to publish your manuscript, but we wish you luck placing it elsewhere.
I received this via email two days after putting the submission in the mail. Some careful consideration! I don't know which is worse--instantaneous rejection or waiting for months before getting a response. The best part of this particular rejection was a P.S. offering me a discount if I subscribed to the magazine.
I could just publish my work here on the blog, but then I'd probably have an even smaller audience than I'd have in a literary magazine. Self-publishing removes the affirmation that at least one other human being, besides friends and family, thinks my work should be read be others.