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.

About B. Morris Allen

Editor and publisher of the vast Metaphorosis empire.

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