My rejection letter sent me to their blog, Shroud Publishing, with an explanation on why I received a form rejection.
A critique friend, A.R. Braun, then took the time to review the rejected story and was able to point out many red flags I had overlooked.
Aware of being guilty of this in the past, this story had been reread numerous times. It was not enough.
I recently wrote a post, Writing Is Rewriting. I end my suggestion of the editing process with a read through after correcting errors pointed out by critique partners. I'd like to extend that process here.
Once you've corrected those errors, reread numerous times, correct these errors, reread a few more times, repeat this until there are no more errors.
For an added caution, have a critique partner on hand for this final stage. Let them know this is the version you plan to submit and would like to know if they see any errors you've missed.
If they find any, correct and reread a few more times. At this point, you should be safe to submit. Be aware that with each correction, the text around it should be reviewed with a sharp eye. Repetition can creep in at this point.
I know this is easier said than done, but if you want to be published you have to put the work into the story to get the results.
Good luck in your writing adventures. (For you writers who have blogs, do yourself a favor and also proofread your posts. You never know who may visit.)