Slush Statistics, October 2012

We kicked off our new online submission form this month. Actually, we introduced it at the end of last month, but for stat-tallying, we continued using the old system as well. This month we’ve switched over to only using the database. I like it, but we’re still working out bugs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know.

One downside of the submission form is that we don’t currently have it set up so there’s a convenient way to count the point of view & tense stats. Before poor Daniel goes to the bother of coding it so that we can tally those, I thought I’d see if people were even interested. So, if you read this and would like to leave a comment on whether you do/don’t find those stats interesting, the feedback will be welcomed. Of course, any other feedback is also welcome, but this is currently of particular interest.

*Total submissions: 62

*Duotrope responses received this month: 30
(currently 480 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: 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.): 27

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.: 1

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: 4

5) The editorial team considered holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions: 3

6) Were held for voting: 5

(total currently in the hold pile, to be voted by the end of November): 11

7 ) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 3

8) 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)

[Stories were sent back to the author with requests to resubmit due to improper submissions, typically because of not being subbed through the form, being sent as attachments rather than inline body text, or sent to the wrong address. These weren’t counted in the total monthly submissions: 10


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

Science Fiction: 25

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 15

Urban fantasy: 7
[Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc.: 12

Not spec: 3



Flash (less than 1000 words): 13

Short stories (1000-7499 words):  45

Novelette (7500-17,490 words): 2

Novella (17,050-20,000 words–note we don’t accept more than 20,000 words): 2


3 Responses

  1. The POV and tense stats aren’t as important to me, but I did miss seeing th story length stats.

  2. Dawn 

    I’ve added story length. We had tracked that, so it was something of a typo to leave it off.

    Stats for point of view, tense, etc. is going to be much harder to pull up because although we tracked it, there isn’t an easily accessible means for me to count it.

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. The submission form worked fine for me. I think the stats are interesting. It’s always nice to know what you’re up against.

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