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Slush statistics, June 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

We’ve finished our first month of advertising on duotrope and ralan, and have gotten some great submissions.  In reality, we’ve gotten far more than I hoped for in our first month as a fledgling listing, so I want to thank everyone who’s shown an interest in our zine.

As an author, I’ve always wondered how many subs a particular market got, and how that related to duotrope statistics, and exactly how the rejections measured up.  So I thought I would share a few statistics with anyone interested.  I doubt I’ll do this every month (although I might) but the first month seemed worthwhile.

Submission period:  June, 2011 (actually, it includes a few hours on May 31 also)

*Total submissions:  160

*Duotrope responses received:  56

*Currently being held for final voting:  5

Breakdown of reasons for rejections (note:  All rejections are personal and the reason given for a rejection is the real 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:  51

2) The story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. and didn’t include as strong a plot as we’d like to see:  43

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.:  21

4) The writing was strong, but there wasn’t a strong hook and/or the plot felt slow to develop:  16

5)  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:  13

6)  The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected.  They still deserve honorable mentions, however:  11

7)  Stories currently being held:  5


And, for those interested in a breakdown of what submissions we are receiving, here’s some general information.  I admit these statistics are probably not 100% accurate, since I just re-skimmed stories to pick out genre, and a number of them fell firmly on the line between genres.  (That’s perfectly fine and welcome at The Colored Lens, but it means my statistics here are a bit vague.)

Science fiction:  36

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.):  61

Other (urban fantasy, magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.)  Note that about 80% of this category was urban fantasy, I just gave up trying to categorize them any more specifically:  63


Stories written in First Person POV:  40

Stories written in Second Person POV:  2

Stories written in Third Person POV:  118

Stories written in present tense:  8