Well, I just got the email that my novella, "Jewels", didn't make it into the space opera anthology. I was cautiously hopeful that it would, but then again not completely surprised that it didn't for two reasons:
1) The publisher doing the submission call is a romantic/erotica publisher and I don't think my story had enough sex for them. I tend to be more sensual with one or two steamy sessions as opposed to every other chapter (that's an exaggeration about the frequency of hot moments in a romance novel. Erotica is a different story).
2) I don't think my query letter and/or synopsis was up to snuff, considering it was the first time doing either one of them. I tried to follow the guidelines in the how to format your manuscript guide book but, hm, I think I missed something.
No biggie. This is another lesson in what to do and not to do, to get your submission noticed.