So as we start the final week of Rocket Science‘s reading period, the number of submisions stands at eighty stories and five non-fiction pieces. To date I’ve bought ten stories and two non-fiction articles, have half a dozen I’m hanging onto for a second reading, and another half a dozen I’ve yet to read. But there’s still plenty of room left, so if you’re going to send in something, do it in the next few days.
It’s probably a bit late to say this, but if you’re going to submit to an anthology, or a magazine, the first thing you should do is read the guidelines. I’ve only received a couple of stories that were completely unsuitable, and for those that were borderline I recognise it’s a judgment call… but I have received manuscripts in a wide variety of formats. The Rocket Science Submission Checklist clearly asks for manuscripts to be single-spaced in a non-proportional font, with every page numbered. Only a handful arrived formatted in this way. I didn’t hold it against anyone if they failed to submit in the requested format – and, it has to be said, you can’t really go wrong with Standard Manuscript Format, which many used. However… one person didn’t even put their name on their story; several didn’t include their addresses; and a few didn’t give wordcounts. Happily, most manuscripts I received included all the necessary information, and were formatted in a readable style. But, still: it’s always best to check out the guidelines before submitting.
On with the pie charts: