Sure, they may still reject my work (odds are not in my favor), but you have to admire an organization THAT professional to an absolute NOBODY like me.
Now for the other extreme: in researching for the next submission, I came across the excerpt attached. Oh well. At least they came right out and told us they won’t respond. But… of course they won’t respond… because I’m not going to submit to them. J
I’m feeling much better about it now.