Slush statistics, June 2011

We’ve finished our first month of advertising on duotrope and ralan, and have gotten some great submissions.  In reality, we’ve gotten far more than I hoped for in our first month as a fledgling listing, so I want to thank everyone who’s shown an interest in our zine.

As an author, I’ve always wondered how many subs a particular market got, and how that related to duotrope statistics, and exactly how the rejections measured up.  So I thought I would share a few statistics with anyone interested.  I doubt I’ll do this every month (although I might) but the first month seemed worthwhile.

Submission period:  June, 2011 (actually, it includes a few hours on May 31 also)

*Total submissions:  160

*Duotrope responses received:  56

*Currently being held for final voting:  5

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:  51

2) The story seemed to be primarily a study of a character, idea, world, etc. and didn’t include as strong a plot as we’d like to see:  43

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.:  21

4) The writing was strong, but there wasn’t a strong hook and/or the plot felt slow to develop:  16

5)  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:  13

6)  The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected.  They still deserve honorable mentions, however:  11

7)  Stories currently being held:  5


And, for those interested in a breakdown of what submissions we are receiving, here’s some general information.  I admit these statistics are probably not 100% accurate, since I just re-skimmed stories to pick out genre, and a number of them fell firmly on the line between genres.  (That’s perfectly fine and welcome at The Colored Lens, but it means my statistics here are a bit vague.)

Science fiction:  36

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.):  61

Other (urban fantasy, magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.)  Note that about 80% of this category was urban fantasy, I just gave up trying to categorize them any more specifically:  63


Stories written in First Person POV:  40

Stories written in Second Person POV:  2

Stories written in Third Person POV:  118

Stories written in present tense:  8

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