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pdblake
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Posted by: @scott_m_sands

I've subbed to the dark. Agreed - super fast return.

Ditto. Two days max for me. They obviously know what they want and a quick glance is enough.

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Posted : June 15, 2022 8:31 am
DoctorJest
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Posted by: @pdblake
Posted by: @scott_m_sands

I've subbed to the dark. Agreed - super fast return.

Ditto. Two days max for me. They obviously know what they want and a quick glance is enough.

Same. Two day max, and a 0.8-day average.

DQ: 0 / R: 0 / RWC: 0 / HM: 10 / SHM: 6 / SF: 0 / F: 1
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Last four: HM • HM • SHM • SHM
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Posted : June 15, 2022 6:14 pm
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Posted by: @alexvss

@morgan-broadhead Like other pro-rate markets, Clarkesworld has multiple slush readers to sift through the slush pile. Their slushers are required to read 5 stories a day, so they don't read all the way through. Some 90% of the stories are not passed up to Neil. What happens most of the time is that a slusher stopped midway because he thought that the piece wasn't suitable for the magazine, and slushers don't write personal rejections. There's an editorial from a year ago where Neil explains the reading process.

Oh, and I see that people are impressed with Clarkesworld's and other pro mag's quickness. They do are quick, but they aren't the quickest. That would be a magazine called The Dark; they're famous for 5-minute rejections. I'm not making this up. 

Just submitted my first story to Clarkesworld and got a rejection from Neil and a note to fix my formatting, can I interpret that as it got through the slush readers?

 
Posted : June 20, 2022 12:47 am
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Álex Souza
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@cube Hard to say. Neil reportedly also reads slush from time to time, and I take it he didn't comment on the story itself but just the formatting? So maybe he was the first one to read your story. A story with poor formatting probably wouldn't go past the slush pile.

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V39: Q1-R; Q2-N/A; Q3-P
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Posted : June 20, 2022 4:22 pm
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G.L. Bertram
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I've been comfortable with the revision process for a long time, but I realized last week that we all eventually have to publish.

I already have two rejections under my belt and am excitedly moving forward with more stories.

2022 - Q3 - Submitted
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Posted : June 20, 2022 4:27 pm
G.L. Bertram
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I just submitted my first story to WotF. My last round of beta readers all gave me the type of feedback I hoped to hear. Hopefully, if the story isn't any good for this competition, I can at least sell it somewhere else.

2022 - Q3 - Submitted
Always open for critique exchange.

 
Posted : June 21, 2022 2:10 pm
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Morgan
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Posted by: @g-l-bertram

I just submitted my first story to WotF. My last round of beta readers all gave me the type of feedback I hoped to hear. Hopefully, if the story isn't any good for this competition, I can at least sell it somewhere else.

Congrats on your first contest submission! May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

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SFx1
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Posted : June 21, 2022 3:16 pm
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pdblake
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A story I wrote initially for wotf was held for ages for Fantastic Detectives anthology but ultimately rejected. I've yet to submit it to wotf. Maybe next quarter. 

Today I got an email saying my straight R from Q3 vol 38 has been held by a magazine. They'll let me know by the end of December. I won't start twitching yet. giggle  

 

 

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Posted : July 4, 2022 7:22 am
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czing
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Bit of a heartbreaker today - got a 224 day very lightly personalized rejection from Strange Horizons. Probably jinxed myself the other day when I was told I had some good news incoming and so I jokingly posted wondering if good news comes in threes. Well instead the good news I was told to expect was NOT that and now this. I suppose I have at least one more bad news to come (although since I have 5 stories out on sub right now I guess I'm expecting at least one bad news out of the group)

v36 Q1, Q3 - HM; Q4 - R
v37 Q1 - R; Q2 - SHM; Q4 - HM
v38 Q1 - HM; Q2 - SHM; Q3 - HM; Q4 - HM
v39 Q1 - SHM; Q3 - Pending

 
Posted : July 10, 2022 12:25 am
MountainSpud
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@alexvss 5 mins? I feel much better about my 15-minute rejection from The Dark. laughing laughing  

R X 3
HM X 6
SHM X 2

 
Posted : July 11, 2022 4:11 pm
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MountainSpud
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@czing sorry to hear that! I know you're bummed about coming so close, but a personal rejection, light as it may be, means the story's a fantastic one, particularly given the quality of the mag.

R X 3
HM X 6
SHM X 2

 
Posted : July 11, 2022 4:17 pm
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pdblake
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Just had a form rejection from Interzone. They got the title of my story wrong. A moment later I got an apology which rejected the correct title instead.

My email client got these the wrong way round so I got the apology first, which was odd. 

Anyway, it just goes to prove that even a form rejection can end up personal and that the person on the other end is not necessarily an evil AI robot. They might have even read it.  whoa  

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Posted : July 30, 2022 10:35 pm
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 Ease
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Posted by: @jeschleicher

@alexvss 5 mins? I feel much better about my 15-minute rejection from The Dark. laughing laughing  

When I heard they respond to all submissions within 48 hours I thought it sounded awesome. When I got my 12-minute rejection I liked it less. Though, after a few minutes and the burn had worn off, I realized that it was much better than waiting three months for the same form rejection from somewhere else.

R - HM - HM - HM - HM - HM

 
Posted : August 3, 2022 5:22 pm
Ease
 Ease
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I've had a story submitted for four months at a place with a response time of "a few months."

With great hesitance and anxiety, I chased them three weeks ago. They apologized that they'd held it so long and would respond in the "next couple of weeks."

Still radio silence. I really don't want to chase them again, but they've got one of my more marketable pieces AND they're a dream magazine, so I'm desperate to get either a rejection or an acceptance.

What would you do?

R - HM - HM - HM - HM - HM

 
Posted : August 19, 2022 12:45 pm
N.V. Haskell
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@ease I'm in the same boat with one of my own dream magazines. They've had one of my stories since the beginning of April and held it since mid-June. I have not reached out because if they love it, I REALLY want it with them. So I will wait another couple of months before I inquire. I think in this case, it's good to give editors grace and patience. There is no time limit on selling a story, unless you are looking at a specific anthology call. Anyway, that's my plan. Fingers crossed for us both.

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V37- R, HM, SHM, HM
V38- HM, SHM, Winner (3rd place)

 
Posted : August 19, 2022 9:30 pm
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 Ease
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@nvhaskell You're totally right. I've never been good at patience, but this is the time for it. Best of luck to you. I'll keep fingers crossed for us both too, and will be on the lookout for your "Success" post 😊

R - HM - HM - HM - HM - HM

 
Posted : August 20, 2022 12:13 pm
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