Clarkesworld’s February Slush Statistics

And not it is time for another episode of Confessions of a Clarkesworld Magazine Slush Statistics Junky!

Submissions Processed: 420 (new record)

Average Response Time: 1.41 days (worse at the start of the month, better at the end)

Gender Breakdown:
266 Men (63.33%), 0 acceptances
154 Women (36.67%), 1 acceptances (percentage continues to increase, yay!)

First Time Submissions*:
153 Men (57.52% of all submissions from men)
99 Women (64.29% of all submissions from women)

Countries with Three or More Submissions:
US 77.86%  (slight increase, was hoping to move in the other direction)
Canada 6.43%
UK 5.48%
Australia 2.86%
Germany 1.43%
Ireland 0.71%
Japan 0.71%
Netherlands 0.6%

* The tracking system has only been in place since September 2008, so "first time" may actually be first time since then.

Accepted at Clarkesworld Magazine

On the average, I can purchase 12 stories from the Clarkesworld slush pile in a year. I’ve just passed the halfway mark with the acceptance of The Giving Heart by Corie Ralston, which we’ll probably publish in the April or May issue.

Just because I’m such a stats junkie… Of the six, we have an even split of stories by men and women. Next month’s story is a first sale. I believe one of last month’s was the author’s first published story, but second sale. Two stories came from outside the US. Oh and apparently the odds of a slush pile story being accepted are about 1 in 250.

Clarkesworld January Slush Update

Clarkesworld Magazine submissions are coming in at a much higher rate than usual. We were only open for the second half of January, but we processed just 16 fewer submissions than we did for the entire month of  November.

Submissions Processed: 331

Average Response Time: 1.4 days

Gender Breakdown:
215 Men (64.95%), 1 acceptance
116 Women (35.05%), 0 acceptances

Countries with Two or More Submissions:
US 76.13%
UK 7.55%
Canada 6.95%
Australia 3.63%
Germany 0.91%
New Zealand 0.6%
Netherlands 0.6%

Clarkesworld November Slush Stats

Here are the November slush statistics from Clarkesworld Magazine:

Total Submissions: 347 (down 39 from October)

Submissions by Gender

    Male: 231 (66.57%), down 36, 0 accepted
    Female: 116 (33.43%), down 3, 1 accepted

Average Response Time: 0.94 Days (roughly 24 hours)

39 submissions (slightly more than 11%) did not follow the submission guidelines. The most common mistake was a failure to use standard manuscript format.

Are there any other stats people would like us to share?