Archive for February, 2012

Slush Statistics, January 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Our number of submissions is up, which is great.  I can’t help wondering if the new year had something to do with it.

I realized, as I was posting, that my stat tracking doesn’t quite reflect the categories here.  I’ve tended to put “anything with magic” in the “fantasy” category.  Next month I’m going to break it down into more clearly defined categories.

I’ve also added notes below about the likelihood of some things being published with us.

*Total submissions: 92

*Duotrope responses received this month: 46
(currently 244 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 7
(total of 12, 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 specific 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: 18

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.): 40

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.: 14

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: 4

7) Were held for voting: 7

*) Resubmission of previously rejected story (not a rewrite request): 1


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

Science fiction: 33

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 36  [We get very little traditional sword and sorcery type fantasy.  It's not that we like it more than other things, but we get so little of it that we tend to look favorably on what we do get.]

Urban fantasy: 11 [Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell.  If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 8

Not spec: 4  [How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure.  Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]


Stories written in First Person POV: 20

Stories written as Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 3

Stories written in Second Person POV: 2 [Note that 2nd person is an exceptionally hard sell with us]

Stories written in present tense: 19 [Note that present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it, and undoubtedly will again]

Novella: 1 [We only publish one novella every two issues, so our acceptance is low with them.  However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 19 [We publish flash, but generally not more than one an issue.  A fully developed plot is important, though, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't really have a plot.  We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]