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Writing/Rejection/Acceptance Statistics

When I created this website last year, it was with the intention of motivating myself to have something more than old publications to actually put on it. I’ve achieved that. Now I hope that someone on the cusp, wanting to submit but unsure, might be prompted to give it a go. That’s really the purpose for chronicling everything. It’s not so much for me–though it is nice to look over things when I feel a bit glum–but for others to see the process.

Given that, here are some statistics from my W1S1 experimenting so far this year.

  • As of today, August 6th, 86 submissions this year, 23 acceptances (one a contest win, not a publication, so 22 publication acceptances) with 15 of those written this year. I currently have 10 things out to 10 different markets.  I’ve had 7 withdrawals for various reasons, and 45 rejections.
  • Of 22 acceptances, 12 of those were accepted by the first market I sent them to.
  • Of 86 submissions, submissions I made without reading at least something from the publication I was submitting to: 2, only because those were new markets with nothing yet published.
  • The first 4 things I submitted this year were accepted by the first markets I submitted them to.
  • Of the first 7 things I submitted, 6 were accepted by the first market. My 5th submission was rejected, but #6 and #7 were accepted first time out. Those were submitted in February.
  • That was the last time that two things sent consecutively were accepted at those markets until the two recent submissions from July 28th and 29th, which were both accepted about a week later.
  • My first 7 acceptances of the year were to the first markets the pieces were sent to. Getting those 7 acceptances on pieces submitted in Jan and Feb took until the end of May. Acceptance number 8 broke that streak.
  • I have yet to have a story accepted on its 4th time out. I’ve had 12 accepted the first time out, 6 accepted the 2nd time out, 2 accepted the third time out and 2 accepted the 5th time out. Smoke and Drum and When They Come were both rejected 4 times before being picked up. They’re my most rejected published pieces.
  • My most rejected piece so far (ever, not just this year) is Sounds on Blacktop. It’s been rejected 5 times, and is currently at market #6.
  • There are 4 pieces that were rejected that I haven’t resubmitted for various reasons. Every other rejected piece has been submitted at least twice.
  • 12 of the rejections were personal rejections, that had comments about the story inside. The rest were form, or probably form.
  • The longest time a story has been out before acceptance is 100 days. The longest one has been out before rejection is 69 days.
  • Smallest number of submissions in a month: 4
  • Month with the most submissions: March, with 37
  • The longest streak of acceptances received in a row: 4 between April11th and 24th
  • The longest streak of rejections received ina row: 19 between March 2nd and March 31st. I then got 2 acceptance on the 31st, or the entire month of March would have been a wash.
  • Month with the most rejections: March 21 (two came in after an acceptance on the last day)
  • Month with the most acceptances:  April, with 6
  • Months with no acceptances: 0
  • New stories written this year that haven’t been edited and submitted yet? 13
  • Old stories that are close but haven’t been final edited/submitted yet: 5
  • Of the 45 rejections, how many really, really bothered me: 1. I still resubmitted within the hour.


What does all that mean? Not much, really, except that the more you have out there, the better your chances of publication, and the less you’ll focus on individual rejections. And it certainly can’t hurt to actually read the kind of stuff you’re writing, from the publications in which you’d like your stuff to appear. That is all. Go submit something!


Little Literary Story Found a Home

Several weeks ago I wrote a tiny literary story called “When They Come.”  It started out at about 125 words or so, and eventually got expanded to about 300 words. It’s been rejected a bit, and I’d decided if it came back again I would probably expand it even more because I felt the length might be part of the problem. It’s also in second person, which can be a hard sell. The only thing I’ve written in second person, as a matter of fact.

I’m happy to announce that it will appear in Right Hand Pointing, Issue #45. I’m so glad I didn’t let myself get discouraged with it and stop sending it out.



Smoke and Drum up at Linger Fiction

The August issue of Linger Fiction went up on the 1st. The issue contains my story Smoke and Drum, and fantastic stories by Nathaniel Katz, Brenda Stokes Barron and Jaelithe Ingold, three writers I know, like and admire a great deal. 🙂 The other story is by Bruce Boston. I don’t know him, but I’ve been an admirer of his work for a very long time now. Having a story alongside one of his is a real thrill for me. My story is in the company of awesome work by some great people, and I couldn’t be happier! I don’t seem to have enough adjectives.


W1S1 July Recap

I decided to drop to the monthly version of W1S1 for July–1 new story, 1 submission. While I will always intend to submit more than that, dropping to a goal of one new story seemed like a good idea given the other demands on my time. I ended up writing 6 new things and making 10 submissions. Perhaps I should lower my goals more often?

I wrote 2 flash fiction pieces, 2 short stories, 1 short non-fiction humor piece and a haibun. I had 3 acceptances in July, and one publication: The Man in the Pipes at Bartleby Snopes. Had 5 rejections in July, including a seriously disappointing one. I re-sent the story, which I still believe is a good story, and have high hopes it’ll get picked up somewhere. I two poems out that are in maybe piles that I’ll hear back about later. I have 5 stories out and 3 other poems, as well.

August will probably be a 1 or 2 story month, unless I get surprisingly inspired by something. Iwant to get more of my older stories fully revised and submitted, as I have many of those still waiting. I have no problem submitting, and I know that I can write as much as want provided I have time. So my goal for this month and probably the next few is to focus on revisions and getting more new stuff out there.



The Man in the Pipes up at Bartleby Snopes

My story “The Man in the Pipes” is up at Bartleby Snopes.

I also had a difficult rejection today. The rejection itself wasn’t bad–just a form letter–but I’d had such high hopes for this one. I read it, felt completely bummed out for about 5 minutes, then made a couple quick changes to the story (changes that had to be made, since it was subbed to a themed anthology) and sent it back out again. I’m surprised the sting isn’t lingering, but it’s gone.

Not bad for a Monday.