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Tor.com opening for novella submissions

 
YM Pang
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Tor.com is opening for novella submissions from July 30 to August 13. 20,000 to 40,000 words, science fiction or fantasy.

https://www.tor.com/submissions-guidelines/

Not a lot of markets take this length, so if you have something that fits, submit!

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2018 8:47 am
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oooh thanks for the heads up!

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Posted : July 9, 2018 9:39 am
Beth Powers
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Did anyone here submit a novella to Tor.com's open call last summer? If so, are you still waiting for a response or did you hear back already? They have a queue with numbers, but my number hasn't changed for about two months and it has been over a year since I submitted, so I'm just trying to get a sense of whether or not they're still reading submissions wotf017

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Posted : August 31, 2019 5:33 pm
Galen
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Hi Beth,

If it helps, I submitted in August of 2018 and got a polite form rejection by email in March, 2019. Hopefully the delay is somehow good news for you?

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Posted : September 6, 2019 8:16 am
Beth Powers
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Thanks for letting me know you got a response--and quite a while ago too! I did submit on the last or second to last day, so my story might just be at the bottom of the pile. I don't think I'm in any sort of hold pile because my number is over 150 in the queue, and I can't imagine that they're holding that many novellas (and have for over a year). I've never submitted to their novella calls before, so I have no basis of comparison--I appreciate the input on your experience!

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Posted : September 9, 2019 1:55 pm
Beth Powers
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Posted by: @bethpowers

Did anyone here submit a novella to Tor.com's open call last summer? If so, are you still waiting for a response or did you hear back already? They have a queue with numbers, but my number hasn't changed for about two months and it has been over a year since I submitted, so I'm just trying to get a sense of whether or not they're still reading submissions wotf017

I just wanted to follow up on my question from a couple of years ago--I did finally get a response from my Tor.com novella submission...it took over 3 years (and is now my longest submission on the Submission Grinder at 1150 days!). I did appreciate that I received a nice personal rejection, which also indicated that my story had been held a bit longer because they had trouble deciding on it. I don't know if/when they will open to submissions again, but in case they do, I wanted to give anyone considering submitting a heads up--they do eventually respond, but it can be a long wait.

 

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Posted : October 30, 2021 9:07 pm
David Hankins
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@bethpowers 

Woah. Three years? That seems a bit excessive without some kind of response. I would expect someone like Tor to be more responsive, even if the process is taking a long time. 

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Posted : October 31, 2021 5:48 am
czing
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3 years is a really long wait. But, for me at least, this would fall into the mixed feelings zone for sure. Well done on them liking it enough to take so long!

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Posted : October 31, 2021 12:33 pm
Beth Powers
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I did at least have a few indications that they were still reading the submissions--they used the moksha submission system, so I could see my number in the queue, but there were times when it didn't move for months and I wondered if the queue had been abandoned, especially since I was also seeing significantly shorter responses being logged on the Submission Grinder. I queried at one point and received a response (something along the lines of "we're still considering your story"), and I was about to query again when I received the final response. I haven't submitted a novel manuscript for quite some time, but when I did, the longest response for unsolicited submissions from various major publishers at that time was around a year, so three years seems like a lot!

Now I have to decide what to do with this weird too-long-to-be-a-short-story, too-short-to-be-a-novel novella grinning  

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Posted : October 31, 2021 10:29 pm
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