Submission statistics – the first month
Up to 31 October 2015
Genre (as listed by author):
Fantasy – 38%
SF – 38%
Other/mixed – 24%
Gender (based on first name given):
Male – 67%
Female – 28%
Undetermined – 12%
Rejected – 71%
Rejected but encouraged to resubmit – 22%
Rejected but allowed to submit a rewrite – 5%
Accepted – 2.25%
We see more male submitters than female. That’s surprising, and I hope to see that balance out more over time.
I accept slightly more fantasy than SF. That doesn’t mean I like it better, though!
Submissions come from at least 19 countries, but mostly US, UK, Canada, Australia.
Submissions come from at least 42 states, with Canada and Pennsylvania at the top.
The average story length is 3,720 words.
I read 826,000 words of submissions in October.
After a first read, I put about 11% in a ‘maybe’ category to read again.
About 20% of submitters use
Submission Grinder to track statistics.
About 25% use Duotrope. Wednesday is a clear low day for submissions; Saturday is a slight high day.
I’d guess about a quarter of the stories could be considered ‘vegan’. They’re not substantially more likely to be selected. Stories that are centrally non-vegan (e.g., they’re primarily about hunting or fishing) are less likely to be accepted.