Rejection is painful but ultimately a crucial part of the publishing process.
Many people take offense to rejections. I know it’s easier said than done, but you shouldn’t take it personally. Rejection does not mean that your piece of writing is not good (although it could mean that). I think rejection, more often than not, has to do with the piece of writing not being a proper fit for the place it was submitted to.
Rejections should be taken more as a “redirection”. When my pieces get rejected, I don’t give up on them. Preceding a rejection, I look over the piece and review it for any possible errors. Then, I go back onto Submittable and look for appropriate places for my writing.
I think the best chance for you to get your work accepted is to find a publisher that is looking for a piece like the one you have written. It also increases your chances of getting published if you have read their previously published works. This helps you get published because you can figure out what style and tone they are looking for. Then if your piece matches the theme and tone of the magazine, then your chances for being published have increased.
The one piece that I currently have published, I wrote after I had read that publication for months. Reading pieces that had currently been published helped me figure out the style of the articles. Then after doing extensive reading, I searched the topic I was writing on their website and was unable to find a single article on it. So I wrote it myself.
I think that’s also important when trying to get published. Writing a story that hasn’t been told yet is extremely intriguing to publishers. The best thing you can do for your writing is to create something unique or write in a unique way.
Above all, never give up on your writing. It can take years for your piece to get published. All it takes is the right person reading your work at the right time. Timing is everything. The best thing you can do is to continuously submit your writing, despite the rejections.
My advice to you is to keep smiling through rejections. Don’t take them negatively. Give yourself a high-five when you get a rejection. Why? Because you tried. Rejection is a step closer to being published than if it was sitting on your computer.