Archive for the ‘Submissions’ Category

March, 2015 statistics

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

I haven’t posted these for a while, but I do plan to post them a couple times a year.

Overall, we’ve been holding fairly steady for the last year or so, though, so you can assume other months not posted here are roughly the same as this one.

As a random side comment, as an author I’ve always wondered about whether editors actually meant it when they said they’d be happy to see more, or if they were just being polite in a form message. So for anyone wondering about TCL, when we say that, we do indeed mean it.

Total submissions in March: 37
Held: 6
Rejected: 31

Rejected for plot issues: 16
Rejected for stylistic issues: 4
Theme: 0
No real reason, just not quite right: 3
Discussed with editorial team, then rejected: 5
Not spec: 3

Submission status – June, 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I haven’t posted these for a while, but I do plan to post them periodically.

Total submissions: 40
Held: 10 (this is unusually high for us, although it’s partially that we tend to hold more stories at the beginning of the period until we know we have enough. We often go through and reject stories from the hold pile as we get more than that.)

Rejected: 30

Rejected for plot issues: 20
Rejected for stylistic issues: 8
Theme: 1
Didn’t match our guidelines: 1

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I’m not posting genre at the moment, largely just because it takes time to go back and count it, and I didn’t get the impression that people were too interested. If you’d like me to do this in the future, though, let me know and I’ll include genre in the future as well.

Should I continue to post submission stats?

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I’m considering no longer posting these statistics. Our average monthly stats have leveled out and become fairly consistent. We’ve been hovering around 60 submissions a month for a long time now. (We received 56 submissions last month.) I’m not saying I wouldn’t ever post stats again. I may still do it periodically, especially if they change. I’m just not sure if it’s worth doing every month.

If you find the monthly stats interesting and would like me to continue, leave a comment. If enough people comment, I’ll happily continue. Otherwise, I may only do it every few months.

Slush Statistics, February 2013

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Subs were down this month, although we got some very good ones. I’m hoping the decrease in submissions is just a fluke and not a result of duotrope going paid or something that would otherwise indicate a long-term drop in submissions. Of course, February being a short month is also relevant to some degree.

*Total submissions: 49

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 13

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 19

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 6

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 0

5) The editorial team considered holding, but in the end rejected: 5

6) Were held for voting: 5
(2 were ultimately rejected from the hold pile, the rest were accepted. 1 was accepted for the next issue, but was too late for us to get into this one)

7) Rewrite request: 2 (and then held)

8 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 1

10) Resubmission of previously rejected story: 0
(Unless we specifically ask for a rewrite–and it will be clear if we do–please don’t resend us stories we’ve rejected previously.)

9) Didn’t match our guidelines: 0
(These are stories outside our word count or poetry or some other form we simply don’t accept)

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction with space ships/aliens: 3

Science Fiction with stories generically set in the future on Earth: 8

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 12

Urban fantasy: 11
[Anything set in the real world with supernatural elements. Note that vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.:11

Other: 2

Alternative History: 1

Not Spec: 1

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Flash (less than 1000 words): 6

Short stories (1000-7499 words): 36

Novelette (7500-17,490 words): 7

Novella (17,050-20,000 words–note we don’t accept more than 20,000 words): 0

Slush Statistics, October 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

We kicked off our new online submission form this month. Actually, we introduced it at the end of last month, but for stat-tallying, we continued using the old system as well. This month we’ve switched over to only using the database. I like it, but we’re still working out bugs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

One downside of the submission form is that we don’t currently have it set up so there’s a convenient way to count the point of view & tense stats. Before poor Daniel goes to the bother of coding it so that we can tally those, I thought I’d see if people were even interested. So, if you read this and would like to leave a comment on whether you do/don’t find those stats interesting, the feedback will be welcomed. Of course, any other feedback is also welcome, but this is currently of particular interest.

*Total submissions: 62

*Duotrope responses received this month: 30
(currently 480 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 17

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 27

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 1

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 4

5) The editorial team considered holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions: 3

6) Were held for voting: 5

(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by the end of November): 11

7 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 3

8) Resubmission of previously rejected story: 1
(Unless we specifically ask for a rewrite–and it will be clear if we do–please don’t resend us stories we’ve rejected previously.)

9) Didn’t match our guidelines: 0
(These are stories outside our word count or poetry or some other form we simply don’t accept)

[Stories were sent back to the author with requests to resubmit due to improper submissions, typically because of not being subbed through the form, being sent as attachments rather than inline body text, or sent to the wrong address. These weren’t counted in the total monthly submissions: 10

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction: 25

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 15

Urban fantasy: 7
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.: 12

Not spec: 3

 

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Flash (less than 1000 words): 13

Short stories (1000-7499 words):  45

Novelette (7500-17,490 words): 2

Novella (17,050-20,000 words–note we don’t accept more than 20,000 words): 2

 

Slush statistics, August 2012

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Our total subs dropped this month. I’m hoping it was just because it was summer and people were busy with summer stuff. Please continue sending us your stories, though.

*Total submissions: 64

*Duotrope responses received this month: 34
(currently 430 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 27

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 20

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 0

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 0

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 4

6) Were held for voting: 2

Rejected from the hold pile: 2

(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by the end of November): 2

7 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 6

8) Resubmission of previously rejected story: 1
(Unless we specifically ask for a rewrite–and it will be clear if we do–please don’t resend us stories we’ve rejected previously.)

9) Didn’t match our guidelines: 2
(These are stories outside our word count or poetry or some other form we simply don’t accept)

[Stories were sent back to the author with requests to resubmit due to improper submissions, typically because of not being subbed through the form, being sent as attachments rather than inline body text, or sent to the wrong address. These weren’t counted in the total monthly submissions: 7

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 11

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 17

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.):

Urban fantasy: 13
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.: 5

Other: 5

Not spec: 6

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First Person POV: 19

Second Person POV:
[These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person):

Present tense: 5
[Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 3
[We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 16
[We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush Statistics, July 2012

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

I’d like to welcome Sarah Hirsch, author of The Nightmare Eater (winter, 2012) to the team as a first reader along with Henry Fields.  She’s jumped in quickly and is doing a good job.  For anyone wondering, this brings our current fiction team to 3 people, with Daniel (executive editor) occasionally helping out as well if we’re having problems keeping up with the submissions.

Decisions to hold and publish stories are made by all four of us, after which they’re passed over to Eleni, our art director, who works on getting stories illustrated.

*Total submissions: 100

*Duotrope responses received this month: 42
(currently 424 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 32

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 37

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 1

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 4

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 4

6) Were held for voting: 5

Rejected from the hold pile: 7

(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by August): 11

7 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 15
(A bunch of these were sent in a bulk as a multiple submission, which we also don’t accept)

[Stories were sent back to the author with requests to resubmit due to improper submissions, typically because of not being subbed through the form, being sent as attachments rather than inline body text, or sent to the wrong address. These weren’t counted in the total monthly submissions: 7

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 26

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 18

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 15

Urban fantasy: 6
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 12

Other: 7

Not spec: 15
[How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure. Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

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First Person POV: 27

Second Person POV:
[These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 1

Present tense: 5
[Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 12
[We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 23
[We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush statistics, June 2012

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Our online submission form crashed for a few days this month, and unfortunately we lost all the submissions from those days and had no way of knowing who the authors were to contact them and ask them to resubmit. That means our submissions are low this month, although if it hadn’t been for that, our numbers would be about like other months.

If you submitted something (or ever do submit something) and don’t get a response for more than 3-4 days, send a query to me at editors@thecoloredlens.com .

*Total submissions: 83

*Duotrope responses received this month: 35
(currently 414 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 19

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 20

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 10

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 7

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 9

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 3

7 ) Were held for voting: 6

(total of 14 currently in the hold pile, to be voted by August)

[Stories were sent back to the author with requests to resubmit due to improper submissions, typically because of not being subbed through the form, being sent as attachments rather than inline body text, or sent to the wrong address. These weren’t counted in the total monthly submissions.

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 19

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 5

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 12

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 10

Urban fantasy: 14
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 20

Not spec: 3
[How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure. Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

Not submitted through the submission form so asked to be resubmitted:

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First Person POV: 26

Second Person POV:
[These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 3

Present tense: 4
[Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 4
[We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 14
[We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush Statistics, May 2012

Friday, June 1st, 2012

May was our 1 year anniversary of accepting submissions. Our submissions seem to be holding steady at around the 110-120 mark, which I’m glad for. Oddly, I’ve noticed a tendency for submissions to pick up around the beginning and end of each month, and to be a bit slower mid-month. I have absolutely no theories as to why this is. As an author, I always resubbed something somewhere else as soon as I got a rejection from one market, but maybe not everyone does this. (This would be an interesting comment topic if anyone wants to comment.)

*Total submissions: 112

*Duotrope responses received this month: 50
(currently 442 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 30

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 49

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 9

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 3

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 5

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 5

7 ) Were held for voting: 8

- Held stories that were rejected: 0

(total of 8 currently in the hold pile, to be voted by August)

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 25

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 16

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 21

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 14

Urban fantasy: 24
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 7

Not spec: 5
[How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure. Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

Not submitted through the submission form so asked to be resubmitted: 3

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First Person POV: 15

Second Person POV: 1
[These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 3

Present tense: 3
[Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 2
[We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 16
[We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush statistics, April, 2012

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Subs were down a bit this month. The first couple weeks had very few submissions. This was odd because usually we get more at the beginning of the month. They picked up drastically the last couple weeks. I’m idly blaming taxes in the US, for lack of any other explanation.

*Total submissions: 107

*Duotrope responses received this month: 42
(currently 389 responses total)

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note: All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the specific reason unique to that submission, even if it does look a bit like a generic form rejection.)

1) The writing wasn’t what we were looking for stylistically: 30

2) The story’s plot wasn’t what we were looking for. (Possibly the story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. Possibly the plot was slower to develop than we wanted. Possibly the pacing felt off, etc.): 37

3) The writing and plot were good, but the theme or content wasn’t what we were looking for, or we’d received other stories we liked better with the same theme, etc.: 12

4) Everything about the story was good, and there was nothing I could identify that knocked it out of the “hold” category, but it just didn’t QUITE make the cut: 2

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 7

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 9

7) The story was over the word limit: 2

8 ) Were held for voting: 6

- Held stories that were rejected: 6

(total of 10 currently in the hold pile, to be voted by May)

- Accepted for web-exclusive publication: 2

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And here’s the general information of what kind of submissions we received.

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 31

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 13

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 16

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 16

Urban fantasy: 20 [Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 9

Not spec: 2 [How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure. Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

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First Person POV: 20

Second Person POV: 1 [These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 2

Present tense: 1 [Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 12 [We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 24 [We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]