RANT! RANT! RANT!
And just for good measure... RANT!
And sadly, this time I must rant about my absolute favorite writing tool... which is also for some of you a sad object of obsession (but that's not relevant here)... Yes, I'm talking about... Duotrope
Now I want to be fair. They're only human. Nobody's perfect. And to quote Heinlein: "Anything free is worth what you pay for it. And to quote Shoemaker: "If you're lucky." In the case of Duotrope, I have paid a LOT for their free service. I honestly think it's worth more.
But... In this case...
I just read the submission guidelines for IGMS
We are looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
"Science fiction" includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history, near-future, far-future, psi, alien, and any other kind of sf you can think of.
"Fantasy" includes heroic fantasy (based on any culture's mythology), fairy tales, contemporary fantasy, and "horror" in the sense of supernatural suspense (not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Within these genres, we like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce.
We pay 6 cents a word up to 7500 words and 5 cents a word thereafter.
So nowhere in there is a maximum length specified at all. Not even a hint of a maximum length, just a length where the rate changes. No instructions to check with them. Just "of any length".
But here's what Duotrope says about them
Flash Fiction (up to 1000 words)
Short Story (1000 - 7500 words)
Novelette (approximately 7500 - 15000 words; check with publisher)
And if I do a Duotrope search for one of my longer stories, IGMS doesn't show up at all for anything above 7,500.
I've written to IGMS to see if there's something I'm misunderstanding here. But it looks to me like Duotrope has been accidentally closing off a market that might've taken some of my longer stories (assuming, of course that those stories were good enough).
RANT! RANT! RANT!
Other worlds from award-winning author Martin L. Shoemaker
WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE!
SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!
REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT! REPEAT!
Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience. Patience.