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The Clarkesworld slush pile has been extremely active lately. In the last thirty days, we’ve processed 1240 submissions.
This is how they break down by genre:
We’ve decided to change the word count and pay rate at Clarkesworld. We will now consider stories up to 16000 words long.
For several years now, I’ve capped the upper limit on Clarkesworld’s original fiction at 8000 words. There were several good reasons for doing that, but they were mostly financial.
This past week, we passed our latest Patreon goal and secured funding for a fourth original story in every issue. Add in the translations that will be in every issue and that’s five originals, two reprints. Assuming the Patreon pledge levels hold, this puts us in a situation that provides me with some flexibility.
I’m considering raising our upper limit to 16000 words. That would take us firmly into novelette territory. (Right now, we barely scrape it.) Each issue would feature no more than one novelette. In the issues we feature a novelette, it would absorb two story slots and leave the issue with four originals, two reprints. Given how few we’d be able to publish, they’d be harder sells, but it does give us (and authors) more flexibility. We would also accompany this change with an increase in pay rate on the 4000+ side of our scale.
I’ve already talked this over with Sean and Kate. Any readers or authors have some thoughts they’d like to share?
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” by Matthew Kressel
“For the Love of Sylvia City” by Andrea M. Pawley
“Mrs. Griffin Prepares to Commit Suicide Tonight” by A Que
“Ossuary” by Ian Muneshwar
“An Evolutionary Myth ” by Bo-young Kim
“Solace” by James Van Pelt
“Tyche and the Ants” by Hannu Rajaniemi
Destination: Mars by Andrew Liptak
Neither Here Nor There: A Conversation with Cat Rambo by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Another Word: It’s Good to Be Lazy and Foolish by Ken Liu
Editor’s Desk: Overload! by Neil Clarke
This month’s stories will be released in audio form over the course of the month. Read by Kate Baker.
Io Emissary by Julie Dillon
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