Archived Entries

Someone comes to editorship, someone leaves editorship, by Jed Hartman (09 July 2012)
This week, Niall's editorial announces some changes in the SH fiction department: Welcome to new fiction editor An Owomoyela! Congratulations to Brit Mandelo on becoming our new Senior Fiction Editor! After twelve years as a fiction editor here, I'm stepping...
Response status: Done with May submissions, by Jed Hartman (03 July 2012)
As of today (3 July 2012), we've responded to all stories submitted to us before 16 June 2012. So the oldest story we're still considering was submitted 17 days ago. If you submitted a story to us before that date...
Stats: June 2012 submission count, by Jed Hartman (03 July 2012)
In June 2012, we received 602 valid submissions, an average of about 20 submissions a day. It was the fifth-highest-volume month ever. Three of the weeks of June were among our top 25 highest-volume weeks ever. We can't directly compare...
Twelve years of submissions, by Jed Hartman (02 July 2012)
On June 27, 2000, we received our very first submission. It's been just over twelve years now. We've received just over 39,000 valid submissions during that period. I have nothing profound to say about this; just thought it was an...
Stats: May 2011 through May 2012 submission counts, by Jed Hartman (07 June 2012)
Looks like the last time I posted a monthly submission count was a year ago. Oops. Sorry to have dropped that. I suppose it's worth catching up, just for completeness. So this post covers submission counts for the past year....
General updates, by Jed Hartman (07 June 2012)
It's been an eventful couple of months; I'm sorry I haven't been posting here. Some notes: We have two new fiction editors! Brit Mandelo joined us in March, and Julia Rios in April. I'm delighted to have them as co-editors....
Please don't send us revisions of stories we've rejected before, by Jed Hartman (06 April 2012)
We've recently seen a bunch of revisions of old stories. The new stories have the same title as the old ones (or similar), and are usually the same wordcount. They almost never say in the cover letter that they're revisions....
When asked to wait before submitting again, please do, by Jed Hartman (05 March 2012)
In the past twelve hours, we've seen four authors submit stories too soon after the last rejection. (There've also been a couple of others in the past few days.) I know that this is a new rule/policy. But we do...
Another status update, by Jed Hartman (28 February 2012)
The submission window has been open significantly longer lately: I think it's been 8 to 12 hours for each of the last four or five days. So I'm now fairly confident that on any given day, there's a reasonable time...
Submission window update, by Jed Hartman (22 February 2012)
As noted in the previous entry: on our first day after reopening, it took eight hours to hit the submission cap; the next two days it was seventeen to eighteen minutes. Fortunately, things have gotten a little better. On day...
Extremely brief SH submission windows, by Jed Hartman (16 February 2012)
The first day that we were open to subs again, we hit our submission limit after eight hours. That wasn't surprising to me; my memory (without going back to check) is that in the days after reopening, it usually takes...
Reopened, at long last, by Jed Hartman (15 February 2012)
We've now reopened to submissions. I'm sorry we've been closed for so long. As usual when we reopen after a closure, we expect to be swamped in submissions, so our daily submission cap is in place. During periods like this,...
Delaying reopening again, by Jed Hartman (31 January 2012)
I'm sorry to say that we're going to delay reopening to fiction submissions again, by a couple more weeks. I'm sorry not to post this sooner; we've been trying to figure out details of the timing of Susan's announcement of...
Done responding to SH stories!, by Jed Hartman (30 December 2011)
As of a couple of hours ago, we in the SH fiction department have responded to every story ever submitted to us. So if you've ever sent us a story but haven't heard back from us, please query ASAP. And...
Staying closed through January, by Jed Hartman (15 December 2011)
I'm sorry to say that the SH fiction department is going to stay closed to submissions through the month of January. We'll reopen on February 1. I know that's a long time for us to be closed. But we only...
Annual winter closure impending, by Jed Hartman (24 October 2011)
As has been our tradition in recent years, we'll be closed to fiction submissions during the months of November and December. So if you want us to consider something before the end of the year, submit before the end of...
Reopening, by Jed Hartman (01 October 2011)
The SH fiction department has reopened to submissions. Sorry we were closed for so long. We had a big backlog and we were short-staffed for various reasons. But my colleagues have read an impressive number of stories in the past...
Temporarily closing again, by Jed Hartman (10 September 2011)
We find ourselves short-staffed and several weeks behind on reading, so unfortunately we have to temporarily close to submissions again. Not sure how long we'll be closed, but probably a couple of weeks. Sorry about that....
Submission milestone, by Jed Hartman (17 July 2011)
About a week ago, we received our 35,000th submission. We've also now received submission from well over 15,000 authors. For more details, see my post from last year about reaching 30,000 subs....
Niall is not a fiction editor, by Jed Hartman (28 June 2011)
We've been getting a surprising number of submissions lately with cover letters addressed to Niall Harrison. Niall is the magazine's Editor-in-Chief. He doesn't read or decide on fiction submissions. I think our various guidelines pages make pretty clear who the...
Increasing our maximum response time, by Jed Hartman (24 June 2011)
For a while now, we've been unable to stick to our stated maximum response time of 70 days. We've had a lot of responses go over 70 days, a fair number over 80, and a few even over 90. I...
Very slow response times, by Jed Hartman Jed Hartman (14 June 2011)
I'm sorry to say that we're ridiculously far behind in responding to stories. Our longest response times have gone way over our 70-day deadline; we've been getting lots of queries from authors, which is totally the right thing for authors...
Reopened, by Jed Hartman (07 June 2011)
We've opened to subs again. We're still kind of backlogged on reading and responding to stories, but we're working on catching up....
Stats: March and April submission count, by Jed Hartman (22 May 2011)
Looks like I've fallen way behind on posting submission stats. Sorry about that. In March 2011, we received 269 valid submissions, an average of about 20 and a half submissions a day for the roughly 13 days of that month...
Closing to subs for a week or two, by Jed Hartman (22 May 2011)
This time of year is a busy one for us SH fiction editors, what with WisCon and travel and such. So for the past couple years, we've closed to subs for a week or two around the end of May,...
Running slow on responses, by Jed Hartman (20 April 2011)
I'm sorry to say that we're way behind on responding to stories. We've currently got over 25 stories that are past our 70-day deadline on responses. We'll try and respond to as many of those as we can as soon...
Reopened, by Jed Hartman (23 March 2011)
We intended to close to subs for a week or so, but our backlog took longer to go through than we'd expected. And then we were planning to reopen this past Sunday, but I was offline for a few days...
Stats: February submission count, by Jed Hartman (11 March 2011)
In February 2011, we received 436 valid submissions, an average of 15 and a half submissions a day. Which is to say, volume returned to normal after the first week or so of February. And volume for the month was...
Closing to subs for a bit, by Jed Hartman (05 March 2011)
I'm sorry to report that the experiment we just ran—significantly reducing the submission cap instead of closing for real—was a failure. We ended up hitting the cap after only half an hour on the second day of the reduced cap....
Experiment update, by Jed Hartman (03 March 2011)
Much to my surprise, we ended up hitting the new lower cap after only two and a half hours last night. That's never happened before, and it may require me to rethink this idea of throttling back submissions. On the...
Reducing submissions for a little while, by Jed Hartman (02 March 2011)
We've made it through the huge flood of submissions at the start of the year, and have dropped back down to normal volume. Unfortunately, we're a little backlogged on reading. Normally when that happens, we close to submissions for a...
Stats: January submission count, by Jed Hartman (12 February 2011)
In January 2011, we received 746 valid submissions, an average of 24 submissions a day. We hit the submission cap nearly every day, so that's approximately the highest volume we'll ever have in a given month, unless we raise the...
Reminder: Double-check your email address when submitting!, by Jed Hartman (23 January 2011)
We've received at least three submissions in the past week and a half in which the author entered their email address incorrectly into our submission form, and our autoresponse bounced. In one of those cases, the author's correct address was...
Raising our pay rate for fiction, by Jed Hartman (03 January 2011)
The Strange Horizons fiction department is pleased to announce that we're raising our pay rate for original fiction to 7¢(US) per word, effective January 1, 2011. This is exciting for us; we've always wanted to pay more for fiction, but...
Reopening to subs January 1, by Jed Hartman (27 December 2010)
As usual, we'll be reopening to fiction submissions at approximately midnight US East Coast time at the end of December 31. As has become usual lately, we're going to have the submission cap in place (and I'm going to try...
SH fiction stats 2010, by Jed Hartman (11 December 2010)
This is my annual stats post: a whole bunch of statistics and thoughts regarding the Strange Horizons fiction department. (If you want to compare over time, see past years' stats entries in my personal blog: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.)...
All stories responded to!, by Jed Hartman (11 December 2010)
As of a couple of hours ago, we in the SH fiction department have responded to every story ever submitted to us. So if you've sent us a story but haven't heard back from us, please query ASAP. Annual stats...
Stats: October submission count, by Jed Hartman (08 November 2010)
And here's the submission report for October: In October 2010, we received 453 valid submissions, an average of about 14 and a half submissions a day. (I think there were two half-days when we were closed unnecessarily due to a...
Stats: September submission count, by Jed Hartman (08 November 2010)
Forgot to post a submission report for September. In September 2010, we received 425 valid submissions during the 20 days when we were open to subs, an average of just over 21 submissions a day. That's much higher than the...
Why we discourage withdrawing stories, by Jed Hartman (07 November 2010)
For the past couple of years, we've been receiving a surprising number of notes from authors, a week or a month after they submit a story to us, that say things like: I was looking at this story again, and...
Sudden submission drought, by Jed Hartman (31 October 2010)
Usually, in the week before an announced closure, submission volume goes way way up. And it started to, at the beginning of this past week. But it's been dropping rather than increasing these past few days; and in the past...
Reminder: one day left to submit, by Jed Hartman (30 October 2010)
Just a reminder that the fiction department is closing to subs until January, starting about 24 hours from now. (Closing at midnight, Eastern US time, the night between October 31 and November 1.) So if you want us to consider...
Please don't submit exactly at midnight Eastern time, by Jed Hartman (27 October 2010)
Unfortunately, there's a bug in our fiction submission system: if someone submits within about 1 minute of midnight Eastern US time, it fails to reset the submission count for the day, so that the next day of submissions continues the...
Annual temporary closure begins in one week, by Jed Hartman (24 October 2010)
The Strange Horizons fiction department will be closing to submissions in November and December again this year. We're hoping to finish replying to all subs by the end of November or so. Of course, we said that last year and...
Gmail may be throwing away mail from SH, by Jed Hartman (06 October 2010)
We've had several queries recently from authors who've submitted to us using a Gmail address but have not received the autoresponses we've sent out. We have, as of right now, sent autoresponses for all submissions we've received. If you've submitted...
Don't write just one story, by Jed Hartman (14 September 2010)
If you've written a story and submitted it for publication, that's great; go, you! But there are a lot of reasons that you shouldn't stop with just one. For example, sometimes authors run into conflicts with editors that could be...
Stats: August submission count, by Jed Hartman (11 September 2010)
Oops, I neglected to post about this a couple weeks ago. In August 2010, we received 325 valid submissions during the 21 days when we were open to subs, an average of just under 15 and a half submissions a...
Reopened to subs, by Jed Hartman (11 September 2010)
Due to a heroic effort on the part of our First Readers to get through a large number of submissions in a few days, we've now caught up enough on reading to reopen. So the submission form is now open...
Delayed reopening, by Jed Hartman (05 September 2010)
We were planning to reopen to submissions today, but we decided not to. I apologize to anyone whose submission plans this messes up. What happened is that I realized that we're about two weeks behind on our submission-reading. Given that,...
Response status: done with June submissions, by Jed Hartman (02 September 2010)
As of today (3 September 2010), we have responded to all stories submitted to us before 7 July 2010. If you submitted a story to us before that date but haven't received a response, please query immediately....
Temporary closure impending, by Jed Hartman (21 August 2010)
Our editor-in-chief and co-fiction-editor is getting married! Which means it won't really be feasible for her to be reading submissions for the next couple of weeks. And the rest of us are pretty busy too, though obviously not nearly as...
Response status: done with May submissions, by Jed Hartman (12 August 2010)
As of today (12 August 2010), we have responded to all stories submitted to us before 2 June 2010. If you submitted a story to us before that date but haven't received a response, please query immediately. (I could have...
And yet somehow, by Jed Hartman (12 August 2010)
Writers (especially beginning writers) sometimes have two different images or feelings in mind, and they want to convey them both. They notice that the two are contradictory, but that doesn't stop them, because they know the magic phrase that lets...
Stats: July submission count, by Jed Hartman (04 August 2010)
In July 2010, we received 455 valid submissions, an average of under 15 submissions a day. That's noticeably lower than the 488 submissions we received in July 2009. Which makes the sixth consecutive month that volume has stayed at or...
Stats: June submission count, by Jed Hartman (08 July 2010)
In June 2010, we received 481 valid submissions, an average of just over 16 submissions a day. That's a lot lower than the 572 submissions we received in June 2009. However, in 2009 we were reopening after a longer closure...
Ten years since our first submission, by Jed Hartman (27 June 2010)
We received our first fiction submission on 27 June 2000, ten years ago today. The next one didn't arrive until 29 June; then we had an amazing high-volume day on 30 June, with five submissions! (Nowadays we get about 15...
Milestone: 30,000 subs!, by Jed Hartman (15 June 2010)
Right around the time we temporarily closed to subs in the last week of May, the Strange Horizons fiction department received our 30,000th valid submission. As I've noted before at major milestones, there's enough inaccuracy (due to occasional invalid subs...
Stats: May submission count, by Jed Hartman (01 June 2010)
In May 2010, we received 369 valid submissions in the 24 days we were open, an average of a little over 15 submissions a day. That's higher than the 328 submissions we received in May 2009. However, we were closed...
Reopened, by Jed Hartman (01 June 2010)
We've now reopened to submissions, after our week off. However, volume is likely to be high after a week of being closed, so the submission cap is in place. Apologies to anyone who ends up unable to submit on any...
Taking the week off, by Jed Hartman (25 May 2010)
I know I said just the other day that we're open, but we've just decided to take the week off from fiction subs. So we're temporarily closed to subs from now until June 1. Sorry for the lack of notice....
Don't send us simultaneous submissions, by Jed Hartman (20 May 2010)
We recently added a note to our autoresponse email that says: Note that we can't consider multiple submissions or simultaneous submissions. So please don't send us another story until we accept or reject this one, and don't submit this story...
Not closed, by Jed Hartman (15 May 2010)
We've been experiencing some technical difficulties lately. Suffice it to say that we are not closed to subs, even though our submission form said we were. Which reminds me to mention: anytime that the form says we're closed but it...
Stats: April submission count, by Jed Hartman (03 May 2010)
In April 2010, we received 453 valid submissions, an average of a little over 15 submissions a day. That's quite close to the 440 submissions we received in April 2009. Which means that for three consecutive months, volume has stayed...
Response status: done with February submissions, by Jed Hartman (25 April 2010)
As of today (25 April 2010), we have responded to all stories submitted to us before 5 March 2010. If you submitted a story to us before that date but haven't received a response, please query immediately....
Response status: done with January submissions, by Jed Hartman (06 April 2010)
As of today (6 April 2010), we have responded to all stories submitted to us before 3 February 2010. If you submitted a story to us before that date but haven't received a response, please query immediately....
Stats: March submission count, by Jed Hartman (01 April 2010)
In March, we received 510 valid submissions, an average of a little over 16 submissions a day. That's remarkably close to the 507 submissions we received in March 2009. As happened last month, I was expecting volume to go up...
Stats: February submission count, by Jed Hartman (01 March 2010)
In February, we received 454 valid submissions, an average of a little over 16 submissions a day. That's remarkably close to the 455 submissions we received in February 2009. I was expecting volume to go up by 10% to 20%...
How do you like the new submission tracking system?, by Jed Hartman (01 February 2010)
This year, we've implemented a new system that lets you get your story's status by going to a particular web page. (The URL is in the autoresponse email.) It occurs to me that I haven't yet heard much feedback about...
Stats: Final January submission count, by Jed Hartman (01 February 2010)
We ended the month with 780 valid submissions, an average of a little over 25 submissions a day. Our previous highest-volume month was January of 2009, with 637 submissions. So despite the submission cap, volume went up by over 20%....
Stats: January submission count so far, by Jed Hartman (24 January 2010)
Here at the end of the third full week of submissions, we've received a total of 605 submissions so far this year. (The first two full weeks—January 3–9 and January 10–16—were our highest-volume weeks ever, at 201 and 185 submissions,...
Stats: Submission volume by time of day, by Jed Hartman (19 January 2010)
For those of you who like statistics, here's a graph of the number of total submissions in each hour of the day, aggregated across the first fourteen days of 2010. For example, the first bar of the graph shows that...
Change of readers, by Jed Hartman (18 January 2010)
Ever since late 2008, the SH fiction department has had three Editorial Assistants whose job was to read a bunch of the incoming stories and decide whether to pass them along to us fiction editors. They've collectively made the lives...
Fiction-submission volume-cap status update, by Jed Hartman (18 January 2010)
As many of you know, the SH fiction department instituted a cap on number of submissions per day this year. From our perspective, it's been quite successful. In past years, when we've reopened to submissions after a temporary closure, we've...
Welcome to the new blog!, by Jed Hartman (17 January 2010)
Since late 2001, I've been posting occasional blog entries about the Strange Horizons fiction department in my personal blog. I've posted status updates, statistical summaries, advice and recommendations for writers, relevant links, and general news. (If you want to see...