Slush statistics, August 2011

Here are the stats for August. It’s interesting to me how submissions tend to go in waves by month. One month we’ll get a lot of one thing, the next month a lot of something entirely different, etc.

*Total submissions: 81

*Duotrope responses received for July: 29
(currently 115responses total)

*Held for final voting from August: 1
(total of 1, to be voted on in Nov)

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: 26

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.): 34

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.: 10

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: 1

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 3

7) Were held it for voting: 1


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

Science fiction: 25

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 27

Urban fantasy: 6

Anthropomorphic: 3

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 20

Stories written in First Person POV: 18

Stories written in Second Person POV: 3

Stories written in Third Person POV: 60

Stories written in present tense: 7

Monologue (addressing the audience, but not 2nd person): 2

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