This is another sort of rejection, like being rejected by an agent, that I don't think should be counted with the rest because it's a rejection of a different color. Today I was sad to discover the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills, Minnesota, was not offering me a retreat. The odds were significantly less than I thought though - 3 people out of 23 receive fellowships and 51% of those have to be New York or Minnesota residents, so the fact that they told me my application was ranked very high and that they encouraged me to apply again in April (when there is no application fee), was quite encouraging. If you're not familiar this is a terrific program which pays a stipend and provides housing, and asks only a minimal amount of community outreach. I still have warm feelings for them. You should check it out.