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From the Slush Pile

I don't know where TEoP guidelines have been published recently but wherever it is, people aren't reading them. I read eight stories tonight and was pretty disappointed.

Two alien stories – not on genre
One heaven story – guidelines explicitly state "do not want"
One heaven/alien story – guidelines explicitly state "do not want" and not on genre
One time travel story – guidelines explicitly state "do not want"
One alternate dimension story – guidelines explicitly state "do not want"

One "fat people have weak wills and that's why they're fat" story – Yeah… no.
One "All women want is the good old days and to be homemakers again" story – Yeah… no.


TEoP Slush Pile Scorecard for 2010
  • 137 total submissions

  • 133 total submissions read.
  • 122 total rejections.
  • 02 total submissions kept for rereads ('maybe' reactions).
  • 09 total "Yes!" responses.

  • 04 submissions to go.
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    ( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
    naamah_darling
    May. 1st, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
    With the last two . . . maaaaaan, do you address the offensiveness when you reject them? Because I don't know if I could not.
    kehrli
    May. 1st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
    As a different slush reader from an entirely different magazine, I've found that sometimes addressing the offensiveness just gets back, "Oh, but if I fix this do you want it?"

    D:
    naamah_darling
    May. 1st, 2010 05:42 am (UTC)
    Wow. Wow.

    That had not occurred to me, but now that you mention it I am not at all surprised.
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