Hi Angela. Yes, that's standard I'm afraid. My last was personalised with my name but definitely a form response (from a slush pile reader, I think - at least it wasn't signed by the agent I subbed to). Many of the form messages are very nicely worded. Here's my most recent one -
'Thank you for sending in your material to us. We have read and considered your proposal carefully but do not feel it is something we are able to take on and represent at this time. Please bear in mind that this is the opinion of one agency alone and that others may feel differently.
We are extremely sorry to disappoint you but we wish you the very best of luck with your future writing.'
I got this within ten minutes of finding I'd missed out on a mentoring comp I'd been shortlisted for - ouch! 😭😂🤣
Good luck with the submissions, Angela
Shame about the mentoring comp, ouch indeed! I do have the summer festival to look forward to and I always find the online lectures terrifically informative, so that will have to console me for now. Good luck with your submission too. I’ve seen enough of your comments and suggestions on the site to make me believe your work is of a high standard, so here’s wishing you success.