Archive for December, 2011

Slush statistics, Nov 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

*Total submissions: 54

*Duotrope responses received for November: 20
(currently 159 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 8 (wow, that’s a lot)
(total of 10, 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: 21

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.): 10

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: 3

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 1

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 0

7) Were held for voting: 8

*) Were rejected from the hold pile: 5 (Still voting on the remaining stories in the hold pile)

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

Science fiction: 13

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 14

Urban fantasy: 12

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 15

Stories written in First Person POV: 10

Stories written in Second Person POV: 0

Stories written in Third Person POV: 44

Stories written in present tense: 4

Novella: 3