Well, it's official. I have received my first rejection message. My story for Tesseracts did not make the cut. I'm hoping the fact that it took them this long to get back to me means that it was one of the last ones cut, and while my story wasn't good enough it wasn't complete and utter dreck.
I think I'll submit this one to Aphelion and see what happens. I won't make any money off the story, but I think the feedback I'd receive would be even more useful. I still have two stories currently in the works and a third at the stage I could start a first draft at any time. If I can see where I went wrong on my first story written then I can incorporate those changes into my current work.
Tesseracts 15 opens for submissions this fall. Let's get something ready by then.