Archive for January, 2012

Slush Statistics, Dec, 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This was the first month we were not listed as a fledgeling market on duotrope. I assume that’s related to the upturn in submissions. I assume the holidays may have had some influence on subs, but I don’t know if it would have meant we got more or less.

*Total submissions: 76

*Duotrope responses received for November: 39
(currently 198 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 4
(total of 5, to be voted on in Feb)

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: 15

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.): 32

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.: 16

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: 2

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 1

7) Were held for voting: 4

*) Were rejected from the hold pile: 1 (for the winter issue)


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

Science fiction: 26

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 28

Urban fantasy: 7

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 16

Not spec: 1


Stories written in First Person POV: 15

Stories written in Second Person POV: 1

Stories written in present tense: 8

Novella: 3

Flash: 12