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From the Slush Pile - both TEoP and Apex

TEoP Slush Pile Scorecard for 2009
  • 119 total submissions

  • 112 total submissions read.
  • 98 total rejections.
  • 04 total submissions kept for rereads ('maybe' reactions).
  • 10 total "Yes!" responses.

  • 04 submissions to go.

    Only one good one in the batch I read today. Better than nothing. I had the odd experience of having to reject an author for "not on theme" not to mention, not submitting the story properly. However, since this author was a name I recognized, I figured I would let the attached story submission bit slide. That was just an oversight, right? Surely they read the Call for Submissions and the story would be on theme. Ah, no. Not on theme, not even on correct genre. I guess I should have booted it back out of the slush pile from the beginning. I didn't. This was a published author whose name I recognized. I thought they would know better. I was wrong. I should have known better.

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    Jennifer's Apex Slush Pile Scorecard for 2009
    (The other submission editors have their own scorecards.)

  • 89 total submissions

  • 83 total submissions read.
  • 77 total rejections.
  • 03 total submissions currently kept for round-robin editorial evaluation.
  • 03 total submissions taken to the second level.
  • 00 rejected from the second level.
  • 00 published in Apex Magazine

  • 06 submissions to go.

    I did get one good one in this batch for Apex today. It was a real nice surprise. Other than that, I got a couple of real close ones that were worthy of pointers. I don't usually give pointers but I had the time today and was feeling the need to help a couple of the authors in question. As usual, there were several not on theme. Either no horror or no science fiction element to them. The usual slush in other words.
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    ( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
    sandykidd
    Jul. 9th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
    When I get around to submitting, I'll do that last minute re-check of your guidelines. It's saved my butt submitting elsewhere, and could have saved many a submitter to Crossed Genres, too. It's the simplest lapses that do us in. Just like with germs and hand washing.
    jongibbs
    Jul. 9th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
    I guess everyone makes mistakes, except me of course, I'm much too perfekt... Dang :(
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