The Rome Review just sent me a note saying they're a little swamped and very sorry they haven't responded to my submission sooner. I think that's very considerate, even though it's not even been two months since I sent them my story. Here's what's hilarious though to me: the person who wrote the note took the time to make a comment about my title. I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but perhaps if you just read your submissions instead of apologizing individually to each item in the back-log, you might not have to make apologies at all.
Seriously though, I was both impressed and cracked up by this note, Mr. Hariri. I like your style.