37-day higher-tier form rejection from Strange Horizons for “Phlegethon.” It got past first reader to reach the fiction editors/2nd round, and although they enjoyed reading it, ultimately they did not accept it for publication.
So that was the start of my 2017 Ash Wednesday, but oddly enough it didn’t bum me out. I take it as a simple “not right for us” remark. Nothing personal. I’m glad to get some closure, and a chance to resubmit.