At the beginning of the year, I had a goal to receive 10 rejections. I hit that in May, so I set a stretch goal of 25 rejections. I hit that over the weekend. These have come with bouts of depression, and “Yeah, I knew I was going to get that, but I thought I’d try anyway.” The important thing to me was to keep sending my stuff out, and keep improving.
Among those rejections were 5 personal rejections, which were always encouraging, if ultimately disappointing. Personal rejections include anything that sets it apart from the usual rejection from that market, so that would be the honorable mentions from Writers of the Future, and markets that don’t normally give comments. Hence, Fantasy and Science Fiction and Beneath Ceaseless Skies are not included in that statistic.
I currently only have 2 outstanding submissions. I am giving up on one story after its rejection (I’d already taken the best bits from it to write a new story), and the other 2 I am planning on revising before sending back out. So, I don’t expect to get too many more rejections for this year.