March Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

The March 2012 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine is now available. You can get the issue:

MARCH 2012 – ISSUE #66

* "Sunlight Society" by Margaret Ronald
* "The Bells of Subsidence" by Michael John Grist
* "From Their Paws, We Shall Inherit" by Gary Kloster

* The Romance of Ruins by E. C. Ambrose
* The Biker Chick Who Rides Her Own Bike: A Conversation with Nathan Long by Jeremy L. C. Jones
* Writing Is Magic: A Conversation with John R. Fultz by Jeremy L. C. Jones
* And Now for a Few Short Words from our Editor by Neil Clarke

This month's stories will be released in audio form on the 1st, 14th and 21st. Read by Kate Baker.

Dead Space Girl by Sergio Diaz

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A look at the Clarkesworld slushpile stats for January

Warning: Data Geekery Post

It's been a long time since I've posted any of the Clarkesworld slushpile statistics. A few people have been nudging me to share, so I thought it would be fun to give you a snapshot of January 2012, the first full month that I have genre and wordcount stats for.

In January 2012, we received 684 submissions from 628 different authors. This is reasonably close to normal monthly volume (600-800).

Of the 684 submissions:

  • 73% from men, 27% from women, 72/28 counting by unique authors (this is down from a norm of 70/30)
  • 37% science fiction, 26% fantasy, 14% horror, 9% fantasy/horror, 7% science fiction/fantasy, 4% science fiction/horror, 3% other (word of advice, "other" is a bad choice)
  • 72% from United States, 6.3% from Canada, 5.9% from UK, 3.5% from Australia, 1.7% from Israel, 29 other countries with less than 1% (France, Ireland, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Finland, Serbia, Sweden, Cyprus, Slovenia, Kuwait, Greece, New Zealand, Iceland, Spain, Uzbekistan, Belgium, Estonia, Lithuania, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Poland, China, Romania, Turkey, Czech Republic, India)
  • Average wordcount of 3900, difference between men and women was negligible
  • 296 from authors submitting to CW for the first time (72% men, 28% women)


  • Of men: 42% wrote science fiction, 21% fantasy, 15% horror, 9% fantasy/horror, 6% science fiction/fantasy, 4% science fiction/horror, 3% other
  • Of women: 39% wrote fantasy, 22% science fiction, 11% horror, 10% fantasy/horror, 10% science fiction/fantasy, 5% science fiction/horror, 3% other
  • By enforcing wordcount restrictions in the submission form, "failure to follow guidelines" rejections dropped to 1%. Previously this was close to 10%. Most of the 1% were people who lied about their wordcount. HINT: We're not stupid.
  • 3% of all submissions are formatted incorrectly
  • Roughly 6% received our near miss rejection letter. 59% Male, 41% Female. 69% United States. 53% Science Fiction (despite the huge gap in M/F subs in this category, it was nearly evenly split), 28% Fantasy, 12% Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror only placed in SF or Fantasy blends.
  • Accepted: Less than 1%, all women.

I'm going to refrain from comment right now. I have my own conclusions, but I'm more interested the perspective others will take from this data. Thoughts? Questions?

Note: Wordcount and genre supplied by authors. Country determined by IP address. Gender tediously researched and maintained in my database of over 10,000 authors.

January 2012 Issue of Clarkesworld Magazine

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Look Who’s Back at Clarkesworld…

It is with great pleasure that I announce the return of one of our founding editors to the Clarkesworld staff. After the birth of his twin daughters, Sean Wallace stepped down to focus his time on his new family and Prime Books. Despite that, in his spare time, he kept lurking around our hallways and kicking at the slushpile. Security wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

When Prime sold off its two magazines late last year, I saw it as an opportunity to draw Sean back into the fold in an official capacity. Much to my pleasure, he has agreed to return and continue his work in the fiction department with me. After his departure, I never filled his position. Secretly, this has been my evil plan all along. No one ever escapes from Clarkesworld.

Clarkesworld and Dozois’ Years’s Best #29

The table of contents for Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection has been announced and the following Clarkesworld stories will be included:

Congratulations to our authors and everyone else who has been selected this year!