Does a personal note from the New Yorker count as an acceptance?

Wait – is this even a personal note? 

“Hallo,
We’re sorry to say that this manuscript is not right for us, in spite of its evident merit. This is very confident writing here. Unfortunately, we are receiving so many submissions that it is impossible for us to reply more specifically.  We thank you for the chance to consider your work.”

Does that “hallo” indicate a personal touch, or just the intern making a typo on the auto-send list?  What “obvious” merit, I’d like to know.  And isn’t all writing submitted to The New Yorker, aka The Holy Grail of All Things Writerly, confident?

Who knows.  Also, it doesn’t count.  Rejection #150 it is.

3 thoughts on “Does a personal note from the New Yorker count as an acceptance?

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  2. cs

    The “evident merit” letter is a form letter. It may be a GOOD form letter rather than a BAD one, but it’s a form letter either way.

  3. Court Merrigan Post author

    Thanks to the magic of the Literary Rejection wiki, I recently discovered this, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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