I started writing in 2014, and I've always gotten the Clarkesworld form rejection up to now, so I was really happy when one of my stories actually made the second round. (If you've googled their stats, that's pretty rare.)
They held the story for about a month, and then I got the "close, but not quite" rejection, so I'm not that bummed; actually, it's encouraging. Shows that I'm on the right track.
I think I'll give the story a once-over and then resubmit. Hopefully it'll find a home somewhere else.