Dear John D. Ottini,
Thank you very much for the opportunity to read your manuscript, “Dumpster Rose.” Unfortunately, it does not meet our needs at this time.
Your story has been read by one or more members of our staff, but we regret that the press of time and the number of submissions we receive prohibit us from making a personal reply or giving criticism.
We do wish you the best of luck in finding a publisher for your story elsewhere.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
It took nine and a half months (Oct 9th 2014 to July 19th 2015) to receive this heartfelt rejection e-mail from the editors at Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
It took so long to get a response, that I forgot I had submitted the story. 🙂