For me, story submissions of any kind feels like getting in line for one of those theme park free-fall rides where you sit on the little bicycle seat, get strapped in like a baby in a carseat and then get dropped seven stories. You're a little excited, you're pretty scared, and you know it's going to probably hurt.
Yeeeaah, at a time like this I always just want somebody to hold my hand and ride with me :-(
Seriously, rejection sucks. There's a part of me that would almost rather just not know that my writing is no good and nobody is interested. I'd almost rather just blissfully think I've got a shot at this whole writing business.
Almost. Fortunately, the desire to actually succeed is stronger than that head-in-the-sand mentality.
On a slightly different note, does anybody else feel that disorienting mental split when they read their own stuff? Half of me is like THIS IS GENIUS! and the other half is like Nobody in their right mind will want this stuff. It's AWFUL.
Hopefully, the reality is somewhere in the middle between those two. Or, hey, I'd settle for the former... :-)