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Slush statistics, July 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I’ve had a few people mention that they found the slush statistics post interesting, so I’m posting it again for July.

*Total submissions: 74

*Duotrope responses received for July: 30
(currently 86 responses total)

*Held for final voting from July: 2
(total of 7)

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: 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.): 22

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.: 22

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: 6

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 3

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 2

7) We’re holding it for voting: 2

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

Science fiction: 19

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 34

Urban fantasy: 7

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 14

Stories written in First Person POV: 11

Stories written in Second Person POV: 1

Stories written in Third Person POV: 62

Stories written in present tense: 3

Epistolary: 1