More Data…

Another thirty day snapshop of the slushpile for Clarkesworld Magazine. This time, I was asked to break it down a bit more and include the number of stories that were “passed up” or recommended by our slush readers.

Genre Gender Total Subs Total Recs %Rec’d %of Rec’d
in Genre
SF M 257 10 3.9% 55.6%
  F 65 8 12.3% 44.4%
Total 322 18 5.6%
Fantasy M 104 7 6.7% 46.7%
  F 80 8 10.0% 53.3%
Total 184 15 8.2%
Fantasy + Horror M 48 0.0% 0.0%
  F 42 1 2.4% 100.0%
Total 90 1 1.1%
Horror M 57 1 1.8% 100.0%
  F 16 0.0% 0.0%
Total 73 1 1.4%
SF + Fantasy M 32 1 3.1% 20.0%
  F 24 4 16.7% 80.0%
Total 56 5 8.9%
SF + Horror M 28 0.0% 0.0%
  F 5 1 20.0% 100.0%
Total 33 1 3.0%
Other M 2 20.0% 66.7%
  F 6 1 16.7% 33.3%
Total 16 3 18.8%
All Genres M 536 21 3.9% 47.7%
  F 238 23 9.7% 52.3%
Total 774 44 5.7%

A Quick Slush Snapshot

Since someone asked… here’s another Clarkesworld slush pile data junkie post.

What you are getting this time is a thirty-day snapshot of the stories submitted to us, broken down by genre and gender of the author:

Genre Gender Stories % in Category % of All
Science Fiction Male 257 79.8% 32.7%
Female 65 20.2% 8.3%
Total 322   41.0%
Fantasy Male 103 54.8% 13.1%
Female 85 45.2% 10.8%
Total 188   23.9%
Fantasy + Horror Male 50 56.8% 6.4%
Female 38 43.2% 4.8%
Total 88   11.2%
Horror Male 61 79.2% 7.8%
Female 16 20.8% 2.0%
Total 77   9.8%
Science Fiction + Fantasy Male 35 61.4% 4.5%
Female 22 38.6% 2.8%
Total 57   7.3%
Science Fiction + Horror Male 30 85.7% 3.8%
Female 5 14.3% 0.6%
Total 35   4.5%
Other Male 12 66.7% 1.5%
Female 6 33.3% 0.8%
Total 18   2.3%
ALL COMBINED Male 548 69.8%
Female 237 30.2%
Total 785

Notes:

  • Genre classification is provided by the authors at time of submission. I don’t always agree with these. For example, I would categorize most of the OTHER classification as fantasy.
  • Gender classification is determined by how the author chooses to represent themselves online.

UK Submissions and Authors – Clarkesworld Magazine Data

There was a discussion on Twitter today about UK authors submitting stories to US markets. Since my data for Clarkesworld was referenced, I offered to dig a bit deeper into the stats for some more relevant data beyond overall percentages.

Here is a breakdown of all UK submissions (and authors) per month and by gender from 09/2008 through 08/2012. During this time period there were 1366 UK submissions from men and 569 from women representing 730 men and 262 women. We have seen submissions from 992 different authors from the UK.


The dashed lines indicate the number of authors that turned in the submissions in the solid line. Most authors only submit one story per month.

The two low points on the above graph indicate periods that we were closed to submissions. The overall percentage of stories we receive from the UK fluctuates between 6 and 8% of our total submissions on the average. The overall percentage of UK authors submitting stories is roughly the same, until the last year, women had a slightly higher percentage than men when compared to all authors from other countries submitting to the magazine. Now they are nearly equal.

A few of my earlier data posts can be found in a CW editorial (06/12), here (02/12), and here (12/09).

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.

OVERVIEW
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)

SOME INTERESTING DETAILS

  • 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.