We all receive many more rejections than acceptances. There are ways to help interpret the rejections literary magazines and journals send your way. Rejections actually come in many forms, including standard forms, tiered, and personal.
Specifically, a “tiered” rejection means the lit mag sends out different levels of rejections. Nathaniel Tower of the Juggling Writer posted a great article describing several of these on his blog:
Additionally, there’s a “Rejection Wiki” where you can enter the name of the lit mag and view the rejections others have received and whether they are standard or a higher tier.
Here are some other related posts about rejections: