Slush Statistics, January 2013

I’m posting this a bit late because we had a few stories we were considering holding, so I wanted to wait and see where we put them before posting. These stats are just for January, however.

*Total submissions: 71

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.): 25

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: 3

5) The editorial team considered holding, but in the end rejected: 5

6) Were held for voting: 4
(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by the end of February): 5

7) Rewrite request: 1

8 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 6

10) Resubmission of previously rejected story: 0
(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: 8

Science Fiction with stories generically set in the future on Earth: 18

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 14

Urban fantasy: 5
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.:8

Other: 7

Not Spec: 6

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Flash (less than 1000 words): 5

Short stories (1000-7499 words): 55

Novelette (7500-17,490 words): 6

Novella (17,050-20,000 words–note we don’t accept more than 20,000 words): 0

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