Archive for June, 2012

Slush Statistics, May 2012

Friday, June 1st, 2012

May was our 1 year anniversary of accepting submissions. Our submissions seem to be holding steady at around the 110-120 mark, which I’m glad for. Oddly, I’ve noticed a tendency for submissions to pick up around the beginning and end of each month, and to be a bit slower mid-month. I have absolutely no theories as to why this is. As an author, I always resubbed something somewhere else as soon as I got a rejection from one market, but maybe not everyone does this. (This would be an interesting comment topic if anyone wants to comment.)

*Total submissions: 112

*Duotrope responses received this month: 50
(currently 442 responses total)

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: 30

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.): 49

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.: 9

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: 5

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 5

7 ) Were held for voting: 8

- Held stories that were rejected: 0

(total of 8 currently in the hold pile, to be voted by August)


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

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 25

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 16

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 21

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 14

Urban fantasy: 24
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 7

Not spec: 5
[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.]

Not submitted through the submission form so asked to be resubmitted: 3


First Person POV: 15

Second Person POV: 1
[These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

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

Present tense: 3
[Present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it]

Novella: 2
[We only publish one to two novellas per issue, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 16
[We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't have a fully developed plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]