Archive for December, 2012

Slush Statistics, November 2012

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

I wasn’t sure how Nanowrimo would affect stats, but it appears it hasn’t affected us much at all. There was a lull at Thanksgiving, but that’s not a surprise. Things picked up again after.

*Total submissions: 68

*Duotrope responses received this month: 42
(currently 500 responses total) – It’s always been an idle goal of mine to hit 500 duotrope responses, and we’ve done it. Yeay!

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: 17

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.): 37

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.: 2

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: 0

5) The editorial team considered holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions: 4

6) Were held for voting: 4
(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by the end of November): 4

7) Held and then accepted or rejected for winter issue: 3

8) Rewrite request: 1

9 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 0

10) Resubmission of previously rejected story: 1
(Unless we specifically ask for a rewrite–and it will be clear if we do–please don’t resend us stories we’ve rejected previously.)

9) Didn’t match our guidelines: 0
(These are stories outside our word count or poetry or some other form we simply don’t accept)

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

Science Fiction with space ships/aliens: 3

Science Fiction with stories generically set in the future on Earth: 13

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 23

Urban fantasy: 13
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.: 15

Not spec: 1

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Flash (less than 1000 words): 15

Short stories (1000-7499 words): 50

Novelette (7500-17,490 words): 3

Novella (17,050-20,000 words–note we don’t accept more than 20,000 words): 1