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Slush Statistics, Febraury 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Our submissions are rising again, happily. And Feb was a short month on top of it. Keep them coming!

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*Total submissions: 105

*Duotrope responses received this month: 51
(currently 295 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 5
(total of 13, to be voted on soon)
(6 previously held stories were rejected)

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.): 40

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.: 32

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: 5

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 2

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 3

7) Were held for voting: 5

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

Science Fiction (stories set in the future with/without advanced tech, but not including spaceships, aliens, etc.): 27

Science Fiction (traditional space opera involving space travel, aliens, other planets, etc.): 12 [Although we don't specifically prefer these, we get few enough of them that we'd like to have more.]

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include sword & sorcery, fairies, etc.): 15 [Although we don't specifically prefer these, we get few enough of them that we'd like to have more.]

Magical realism, slipstream, etc. 37

Urban fantasy: 4 [Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell. If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 7

Not spec: 3 [How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure. Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

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First Person POV: 31

Second Person POV: 1 [These are going to be an exceptionally hard sell.]

Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 3

Present tense: 7 [Note that present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it, and undoubtedly will again]

Novella: 1 [We only publish one novella every two issues, so our acceptance is low with them. However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 15 [We publish flash, but generally not too much of it. A fully developed plot is important, though, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't really have a plot. We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush Statistics, January 2012

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Our number of submissions is up, which is great.  I can’t help wondering if the new year had something to do with it.

I realized, as I was posting, that my stat tracking doesn’t quite reflect the categories here.  I’ve tended to put “anything with magic” in the “fantasy” category.  Next month I’m going to break it down into more clearly defined categories.

I’ve also added notes below about the likelihood of some things being published with us.

*Total submissions: 92

*Duotrope responses received this month: 46
(currently 244 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 7
(total of 12, to be voted on in Feb)

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.): 40

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.: 14

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: 2

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 4

7) Were held for voting: 7

*) Resubmission of previously rejected story (not a rewrite request): 1

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

Science fiction: 33

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 36  [We get very little traditional sword and sorcery type fantasy.  It's not that we like it more than other things, but we get so little of it that we tend to look favorably on what we do get.]

Urban fantasy: 11 [Vampires, werewolves, etc. are going to be a hard sell.  If you do have one, make sure it's unique.]

Other: 8

Not spec: 4  [How people can see our zine and not notice it's spec fic, I'm not sure.  Unsurprisingly, the likelihood of us publishing something that isn't spec fic is nil, no matter how good it is.]

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Stories written in First Person POV: 20

Stories written as Epistolary/Monologues (not straight 1st person): 3

Stories written in Second Person POV: 2 [Note that 2nd person is an exceptionally hard sell with us]

Stories written in present tense: 19 [Note that present tense isn't our preferred form, although we have published it, and undoubtedly will again]

Novella: 1 [We only publish one novella every two issues, so our acceptance is low with them.  However, the low number of novella submissions means chances of them being picked is higher]

Flash: 19 [We publish flash, but generally not more than one an issue.  A fully developed plot is important, though, and the main reason most flash doesn't make the "hold" category is that it doesn't really have a plot.  We're happy to read flash, but do make sure it has a plot.]

Slush Statistics, Dec, 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

This was the first month we were not listed as a fledgeling market on duotrope. I assume that’s related to the upturn in submissions. I assume the holidays may have had some influence on subs, but I don’t know if it would have meant we got more or less.

*Total submissions: 76

*Duotrope responses received for November: 39
(currently 198 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 4
(total of 5, to be voted on in Feb)

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: 15

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.): 32

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.: 16

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: 2

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 1

7) Were held for voting: 4

*) Were rejected from the hold pile: 1 (for the winter issue)

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

Science fiction: 26

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 28

Urban fantasy: 7

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 16

Not spec: 1

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Stories written in First Person POV: 15

Stories written in Second Person POV: 1

Stories written in present tense: 8

Novella: 3

Flash: 12

Slush statistics, Nov 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

*Total submissions: 54

*Duotrope responses received for November: 20
(currently 159 responses total)

*Held for final voting: 8 (wow, that’s a lot)
(total of 10, 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: 21

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.): 10

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.: 11

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 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: 0

7) Were held for voting: 8

*) Were rejected from the hold pile: 5 (Still voting on the remaining stories in the hold pile)

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

Science fiction: 13

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 14

Urban fantasy: 12

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 15

Stories written in First Person POV: 10

Stories written in Second Person POV: 0

Stories written in Third Person POV: 44

Stories written in present tense: 4

Novella: 3

Slush Statistics, Oct, 2011

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Happily, submissions were back up this month, although we’d still like to get more.

*Total submissions: 46

*Duotrope responses received for October: 17
(currently 139 responses total)

*Held for final voting from August: 3
(total of 5, 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: 13

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.): 14

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.: 11

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: 1

5) The other editors and I did consider holding, but in the end rejected. They still deserve honorable mentions, however: 3

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 1

7) Were held it for voting: 3

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

Science fiction: 14

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 20

Urban fantasy: 6

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 6

Stories written in First Person POV: 10

Stories written in Second Person POV: 0

Stories written in Third Person POV: 35

Stories written in present tense: 1

Novella: 6

Slush Statistics, Sept, 2011

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

We saw a drop in submissions this month, which is unfortunate. I’m hoping it’s just that September is busy because of the start of the school year and other things. But if you’ve been debating subbing to us, now is the time to do it.

*Total submissions: 26

*Duotrope responses received for September: 7
(currently 122responses total)

*Held for final voting from September: 1
(total of 2, 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: 8

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.): 6

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.: 5

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 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: 1

7) Were held it for voting: 1

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

Science fiction: 10

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 11

Urban fantasy: 2

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 3

Stories written in First Person POV: 8

Stories written in Second Person POV: 0

Stories written in Third Person POV: 18

Stories written in present tense: 3

Epistolary: 1

Novella: 1

Slush statistics, August 2011

Thursday, September 1st, 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

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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

Slush statistics, July 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I’ve had a few people mention that they found the slush statistics post interesting, so I’m posting it again for July.

*Total submissions: 74

*Duotrope responses received for July: 30
(currently 86 responses total)

*Held for final voting from July: 2
(total of 7)

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: 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.): 22

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.: 22

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: 3

6) The story wasn’t speculative fiction: 2

7) We’re holding it for voting: 2

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

Science fiction: 19

Fantasy (traditional fantasy, to include traditional fairy/folk tales and anything with gods, devils, etc.): 34

Urban fantasy: 7

Other (magical realism, alternate history, slipstream, superheroes, anthropomorphism, bizarro, and stories that didn’t seem to have any speculative element.): 14

Stories written in First Person POV: 11

Stories written in Second Person POV: 1

Stories written in Third Person POV: 62

Stories written in present tense: 3

Epistolary: 1

Slush statistics, June 2011

Friday, July 1st, 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

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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