Statistics – the first year

We opened to submissions on 1 October 2015, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what’s come in over that first year.

Raw numbers

Submissions

  • Total – 1,901
  • Average – 5.2/day
  • High – 16/day
  • Low – 0/day

Words

  • Total – 6,825,436
  • Novels’ worth – 68 (@100k words/novel)
  • Average word count – 3,590
  • High – 24,000
  • Low – 200
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Genres

  • Fantasy 41%
  • Science fiction 36%
  • Other or mixed 23%
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Acceptance rate

  • Accept – 2.4%
  • Decline – 97.6%
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Feedback desired

  • No – 8%
  • Yes – 92%

Willing to participate in surveys

  • False – 8%
  • True – 92%
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Countries

  • Total countries – 39
  • Over 1% of submissions:
    • United States – 72%
    • United Kingdom – 9%
    • Canada – 6%
    • Australia – 4%
    • Germany – 1%
    • India – 1%
  • Accepted stories:
    • United States – 67%
    • United Kingdom – 20%
    • Australia – 2%
    • Canada – 2%
    • New Zealand – 2%
    • Singapore – 2%
    • Spain – 2%
    • Switzerland – 2%
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Authors

  • Total – 1,107
  • Repeat submitters – 353
  • Most submissions – 16
  • Average if multiple submissions – 3
  • Average submissions if more than two – 5
  • Authors submitting more than 10 stories – 8
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Labels

Here’s where it gets a little more interesting. Also a bit fuzzier, since each story gets multiple labels. Also, stories that were rejected for rewrites also appear as accepted stories, so there’s a bit of double counting.

Basic labels

The basic status labels we apply.

  • Reject – 72%
  • Encourage – 20%
  • Rewrite – 6%
  • Accept – 2%

Maybe?

What happens to the 10% of stories we label ‘Maybe’ and hold for further consideration? Good things!

  • Accept – 10%
  • Rewrite – 42%
  • Encourage – 44%
  • Reject – 4%
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No variation

There was no interesting variation in the following:

  • Wordcount by genre. Average wordcounts are very consistent across all genres.
  • Wordcount by label applied. Size doesn’t matter.
  • Acceptance by genre. Genre doesn’t matter.
  • Genre breakdown versus label applied. We respond to genres pretty evenly, except that we encourage SF authors slightly less than those in other genres.

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