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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby jficke13 » Tue May 09, 2017 3:00 pm

I'm not familiar with the Submission Grinder, where it says "Pending Responses" is that the # of logged submissions not yet reported as accepted or rejected?
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby Tamlyn » Tue May 09, 2017 5:26 pm

I'm just glad they sent the rejections. I saw all the acceptances for the one I'd subbed to first, and often when acceptances pop up first, rejections aren't ever sent.
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Wed May 10, 2017 3:34 am

jficke13 wrote:I'm not familiar with the Submission Grinder, where it says "Pending Responses" is that the # of logged submissions not yet reported as accepted or rejected?


Yes
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby MattDovey » Wed May 10, 2017 3:39 am

The Grinder stats generally represent about 10-20% of the writing population, anecdotally speaking.

However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder). So I suspect those of us who have not yet heard anything are not likely to hear good news :(
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Wed May 10, 2017 3:50 am

MattDovey wrote:However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder).


Yeah, this is a procedure that I really don't understand...
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby jficke13 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:08 am

Yep, there's the rejections.
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby historythatneverwas » Wed May 10, 2017 11:32 am

Randy Hulshizer wrote:
MattDovey wrote:However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder).


Yeah, this is a procedure that I really don't understand...


As someone who helps run a small press, we send out rejections on stories that we know we can't use fairly quickly. But every so often, we hang on to a small handful of "just in case" stories--ones we would happily accept if we had the space, which means one of our other choices not panning out. It's REALLY rare, but we've had a couple of authors not agree with our publication terms or some other aspect of the process, and decide to pull their story.
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Re: Flame Tree seeking short stories

Postby Randy Hulshizer » Wed May 10, 2017 3:16 pm

historythatneverwas wrote:
Randy Hulshizer wrote:
MattDovey wrote:However... Flame Tree have a habit of sending acceptances first, rejections after (you can see the pattern on the recent responses on the Grinder).


Yeah, this is a procedure that I really don't understand...


As someone who helps run a small press, we send out rejections on stories that we know we can't use fairly quickly. But every so often, we hang on to a small handful of "just in case" stories--ones we would happily accept if we had the space, which means one of our other choices not panning out. It's REALLY rare, but we've had a couple of authors not agree with our publication terms or some other aspect of the process, and decide to pull their story.


I certainly understand that. I'm editor-in-chief of Empyreome Magazine, so I get the whole idea of holding stories for consideration and the occasional withdrawal. However, I know of some magazines that consistently send out acceptances quickly (often within days or weeks) but wait to send out rejections much later (months to a year). This seems to be a questionable practice.
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