Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

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Clarkesworld 2/2020 Submission Data

 
Just looking over our February submissions data:

1112 Submissions read

  • 502 Science Fiction (45.14%) Avg word count:
  • 303 Fantasy (27.25%)
  • 84 SF/F (7.55%)
  • 62 SF/Horror (5.58%)
  • 113 Dark Fantasy (10.16%)
  • 39 Other (3.51%)
  • Average word count: 4711
  • Percentage of first time submissions to CW: 40.45%
  • 6 Accepted (0.54%*)
  • 1 Rewrite Request
  • 2 Currently in Second Round

* The acceptance rate does not indicate your odds of being published. Using that value would assume that all stories are equal, which is not true. You like some stories more than others. So do we. Don’t self reject a story because of math.

  • United States 62%
  • United Kingdom 9.8%
  • Canada 8%
  • Australia 2.7%
  • India 1.4%
  • Nigeria 1.3%
  • Rest of World 14.8% (62 countries, no one else over 1%)

Internazionale

 
Earlier this year, I received an invitation to guest edit the first SF issue of Internazionale, an Italian magazine that dedicates its end of year issue to fiction. It’s the first time I’ve edited something exclusively for publication in another language (yes, there are two anthologies in China, but those are bilingual and the stories were originally written in Chinese). At their request, I picked eight short stories from Clarkesworld, most of which have never been translated into Italian before:

  • “Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Preserve Her Memory” by Bao Shu
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Afrofuturist 419” by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “muo-ka’s Child” by Indrapramit Das
  • “The Anchorite Wakes” by R.S.A. Garcia
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees” by E. Lily Yu
  • “Meshed” by Rich Larson

Part of the tradition of their Storie issue is to include photography and a graphic novel excerpt. We rounded out the issue with a series of photos by Reuben Wu and an excerpt from Flesh Empire by Yann Legendre. The cover art is by Lorenzo Mattotti.

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