2021 in statistics

2021 in statistics

The new submission manager, Moksha, isn’t quite as easy to get statistics out of as Submittable was (though it has compensatory benefits). However, I’ve pulled together a few quick ones for stories submitted in 2021. There are one or two minor anomalies, but they don’t affect the overall picture.

Happy new year!

Category Subcategory Sub-sub… Absolute Relative Comment
Submissions       3,173 Total submissions during 2021.
Guidelines            20 1% Submissions that ignored guidelines like maximum length and were rejected.
Not anonymous          230 7% Submissions where the author certified that, yes, they had checked this file for personal information, including the header, … but it had personal info anyway. Given a chance to resubmit
Retread             6 0% Submissions that were unsolicited revisions (which we do not accept, but do notice) and were rejected.
Withdrawn            57 2% Submissions withdrawn by the author before we made a decision.
Rejected       3,055 96% Rejected.
Personal          208 7% Of total submissions. Rejected with very brief feedback.
Maybe          173 5% Second round – sent to second readers.
Rejected          117 68% Of 2nd round. Rejected with brief feedback after second reader comments and reconsideration.
Withdrawn             3 2% Of 2nd round. Withdrawn by the author at some point after entering the second round.
Rewrite            55 32% Of 2nd round. Offered a revision opportunity
Interested            52 30% Of 2nd round. Indicated an interest in pursuing revision
Vanished             3 2% Of 2nd round. Some people just disappear after declaring an interest in a revision, and are never heard from again.
Declined             2 1% Of 2nd round. Rejected after submitting a revision. We avoid this where possible, but sometimes the revision just doesn’t seem headed in the right direction for us.
Accepted            27* 16%* Of 2nd round. Accepted. * Note that this number means a lot of stories from 2021 are still in process.
Accepted            27 1% Of total. Accepted. See * above.
Word count
High       40,000 The ceiling is a firm 10,000, but some people just declare their story to be 10,000 and submit anything they want. They get rejected, and it just wastes everyone’s time.
Low 100 We changed the requirements to a floor of 500 mid-year
Average 3,881 Roughly. I’m not counting the ones over the limit.
Per day 8.7 Obviously, this varies.
Rating This is ratings by me as editor, not including ratings by second readers.
High 8 Very rare
Low 1 Very rare
Average 4.0 Our most common rating.
Reading comprehension The magazine is named Metaphorosis, and we ask that no cover letter be submitted. We don’t read them, so it’s a waste of time.
No cover letter or ‘submission’/NA/equivalent.       1,053 33% Followed instructions.
Cover letter       2,092 67% Did not follow instructions.
Metamorphosis            56 2% Got the name of the magazine wrong (this one I understand, though it’s not a great sign).
Most frequent notes
Nonstandard format          276 9% Anything that’s not similar to Shunn format, and is therefore harder to read in a pile that is Shunn format.
Not engaged       1,116 35% Characters that don’t attract my attention and interest, usually because I don’t know what they want.
Not interested          660 21% A situation (not concept) that’s not interesting.
Prose needs polish          450 14% The prose is adequate, but could use polish – more metaphors, imagery, etc.
Direction unclear          264 8% I can’t tell even generally where the story is going – what the focus is.
Prose is clumsy          170 5% The prose is not adequate.
Proofread          113 4% The story has more than a small handful of typos or needs other proofreading.
Needs focus            84 3% The story wanders, and doesn’t follow a clear thread.
Punctuation            72 2% Basic punctuation errors – often with dialogue.
Jim            59 2% This is my pet peeve Jim. (As opposed to: This is my pet peeve, Jim. That comma is important.)
Semantic errors            25 1% There are basic semantic errors in the prose – e.g., using the wrong word for something.
Major editorial notes
Reading comprehension

 

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