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%
    • 37% F, 43% SF, 20% Other
  • Female – 28%
    • 42% F, 28% SF, 31%  Other
  • Undetermined – 12%

Results:

  • Rejected – 71%
  • Rejected but encouraged to resubmit – 22%
  • Rejected but allowed to submit a rewrite – 5%
  • Accepted – 2.25%

Comments

  • 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.

Tidbits:

  • 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.

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