August Submissions – World Wordle

Been having too much fun with Wordle lately, so why stop. Here’s a look at the August submissions for Clarkesworld after you take out the US, UK, Canada, and Australia (because with them you can’t see anyone else).

 

Top ten countries by submissions

811 United States 68.1%
105 United Kingdom 8.8%
64 Canada 5.4%
38 Australia 3.2%
16 India 1.3%
10 Japan 0.8%
9 South Africa 0.8%
7 Finland 0.6%
7 New Zealand 0.6%
7 Germany 0.6%

Slush Pile BINGO!

We haven’t played slush pile BINGO, but I did make the board after looking over some of the stories we’ve rejected at Clarkesworld. (For this.) I don’t think the center square will be a big surprise to anyone.

If you’d like to suggest alternate BINGO squares, just put them in the comments.

 

Update 8/24/17: Sigh. Yes, there are some good stories that check one or more of these boxes. However, the more you check, the less likely I am to agree that they are. We have published a story that opened in a bar, even though that’s on the board. Sometimes you can take something common and make it your own. Most don’t, so it gets a square.

IMPORTANT: Not all of these items are weighted equally. In a true BINGO board, some “unrecoverable” squares (plagiarism, zombies, etc.) would fill entire rows.

Common Story Names (revisited)

Back in April 2015, I celebrated passing 50,000 submissions in the Clarkesworld Submissions System, by blogging about the most common story titles. In response, I also blogged about The Truth About Short Story Titles and a Wordle that represented the most frequently used words in all 50,000 titles.

Since then, we’ve picked up nearly 32,000 more submissions, so I decided to take another look at the data and see how things have changed. There were many ties in this group, so this time I’ve only listed the top six places. If a title is followed by a number in parentheses, that’s its top ten placement from the first 50,000.

1st Place (14)
The Hunt (6th)

2nd Place (12)
The Interview

3rd Place (9)
Trapped, First Contact

4th Place (7)
The Box (3rd), Seeds, Monsters (4th)

5th Place (6)
Flight (6th), The Awakening, Skin (9th), Stranded, The Visitor, Home (2nd), Mercy, Reflections (8th), All That Glitters, The Dragon, Choices, Hunger (2nd), Broken (8th), Contact, Worm, Homecoming (2nd), The Bridge, The Forest, Transmission, Going Home (10th)

6th Place (5)
Alone (7th), Happy Birthday, The Pond, Jump, The Wanderer, Redemption, Daddy’s Girl, The Sacrifice, Skin Deep (9th), Lost and Found (5th), Descent, The Door (10th), Snow, Harvest, The Gift (2nd), Stay, Second Chance, Adrift (7th), Legacy (7th), The Void, Shift, The Tower (10th), The Well, The Machine (10th), The Caretaker, Rage, Escape

And because it’s fun, here’s another Wordle with the most common words from this group of 30,000 titles:

 

It is mentioned in one of the above links, but it bears repeating: The title of a story has no impact on whether or not it will be accepted at Clarkesworld. If I really don’t like a title, I’ll suggest a new one/work on it with the author.

 

Using Discord

I recently added a Discord server to all of the Clarkesworld Magazine Patreon rewards.

Some of you are probably wondering just what that means. Discord is group chat software. It supports both text and voice, but at the moment, I’ve restricted it to just text. After you download the app to your computer or phone and have set up an account, you can link it to your Patreon account and they will automatically add you to our group. (Assuming you’re a Patron.)

The server is still in its infancy, but we have a few “channels” (chat rooms) set up:

  • General (all-purpose, if something dominates discussion we’ll make a separate channel for it)
  • Rejected Because (I’ll be posting reasons why some stories have been rejected by Clarkesworld here. No story/author-specific details.)
  • Recommend a Story (Read something good? Let me know. I also work on anthologies and The Best Science Fiction of the Year, so I’m always looking for new stories to read.)

Always happy to have more people join the discussion!

2017 Readercon Schedule

I’ve just received my programming schedule for Readercon (next week!):

Friday, July 14

11:00 AM    C    How to Make a Small Fortune in Specialty Publishing.
Neil Clarke, Sandra Kasturi, Bart Leib, E.J. Stevens, Michael Damian Thomas.
Publishing is a challenging business that’s become even more challenging as retail space has declined and Amazon’s recommendation algorithms have taken over. It’s doubly difficult for small presses, which aren’t blessed with massive capital to hedge against returns. What is it really like to run a small press and what does it take to survive your early years? How do you get authors and reach important markets such as libraries, especially if you primarily publish in digital? Our experienced panelists will discuss these topics and more.

1:00 PM    6    A Golden Age of Asian Speculative Literature in English.

John Chu, Neil Clarke, Liz Gorinsky, Caroline M. Yoachim.
There’s a growing body of English-language speculative works by writers from Asian and South Asian cultures—works in translation from writers working in Asian languages, and works written in English by writers in both Asian countries and the Asian diaspora. This panel will discuss trends in translation and publication, examine different Western expectations of translated and non-translated fiction (for example, the notion that Asian diaspora writers will necessarily write on Asian themes or diasporic experiences), highlight recent works of interest, and explore how Asian and Western speculative fiction influence one another.

SATURDAY, July 15

12:00 PM    CL    Kaffeeklatsch.
Neil Clarke, Paul Tremblay.
I’ll also have a table in the dealer’s room, where I’ll be selling Clarkesworld, my anthologies, and very-low-priced books from my old bookstore’s inventory. Stop by and say hi!

June 2017 Clarkesworld Submissions by Country

I recently blogged about the countries represented by Clarkesworld‘s podcast audience. This time around, I’d like to look at the submissions by country for June 2017. I should note that these statistics do not include the translated stories from China. They go through an entirely separate selection process as part of our partnership with Storycom.

1 – United States (68.08%)
2 – United Kingdom (9.61%)
3 – Canada (6.17%)
4 – Australia (3.09%)
5 – India (1.15%)
6 – Ireland (0.71%)
6 – New Zealand (0.71%)
8 – South Africa (0.62%)
9 – China (0.53%)
10 – Brazil (0.44%)
10 – Finland (0.44%)
10 – France (0.44%)
10 – Italy (0.44%)
10 – Nigeria (0.44%)
15 – Germany (0.35%)
15 – Israel (0.35%)
15 – Mexico (0.35%)
15 – Poland (0.35%)
19 – Croatia (0.26%)
19 – Greece (0.26%)
19 – Hungary (0.26%)
19 – Korea (0.26%)
19 – Netherlands (0.26%)
19 – Philippines (0.26%)
19 – Sweden (0.26%)
19 – Thailand (0.26%)

3.51% are from the combined efforts of these countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan/China, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.

Normally, the US represents 70% or more, but it looks like some of my recent efforts to encourage more international submissions were somewhat effective. A small improvement over previous months, but definitely a step in the right direction. I’ll have a better sense of whether or not this is real progress or just a glitch after a few more months of submissions. Congratulations to India on cracking the top five! I think this is the first time that’s happened.

NOTE: By encouraging international submissions, I am in no way frowning on authors from the US. I’m still encouraging them to submit too. Good stories aren’t restricted to one’s own backyard, so I’m trying to make sure I cast the widest possible net. Let’s see what the rest of the world can bring to the table. Each story is considered on its own merits regardless of where it came from. (Yeah, I actually have to say this. Some people…) Many foreign authors assume we won’t consider stories from outside the US, so it requires a bit of effort on my part to help set that straight.