Archive for November, 2011

Slush Statistics, Oct, 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Happily, submissions were back up this month, although we’d still like to get more.

*Total submissions: 46

*Duotrope responses received for October: 17
(currently 139 responses total)

*Held for final voting from August: 3
(total of 5, to be voted on in Nov)

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: 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.): 14

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.: 11

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: 1

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: 1

7) Were held it for voting: 3


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

Science fiction: 14

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 20

Urban fantasy: 6

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 6

Stories written in First Person POV: 10

Stories written in Second Person POV: 0

Stories written in Third Person POV: 35

Stories written in present tense: 1

Novella: 6