Like many places, this particular market has a tiered system of automatic responses. This is the “i liked it a lot…but not enough” response. Given the turnaround time of this particular market, I think it may mean that it made it through the slush to the actual editor. But the world may never know.
Thanks for submitting “It Does Not Rain on Mars Nova,” but I’m going to pass on it. It’s nicely written and I enjoyed reading it, but overall it didn’t quite win me over, I’m afraid. Best of luck to you placing this one elsewhere, and thanks again for sending it my way. I look forward to seeing your next submission.