Blast from the Past: Response Times

The other day, I was poking around my old web site in The Internet Archive looking for some information, and I happened to notice my “Response Times” link. This was a report that could be spit out by my old Manuscript Tracking database and which I used to upload from time to time just as a point of interest to show how long it was taking to get responses to submissions. Obviously this information is now completely out of date and utterly useless, but I thought it would be interesting to post its state as of the last time I updated it, over ten years ago. And so, here it is, in all its retro Web 1.0 glory:

Publisher/Agent Response Times

Note:  The information
below comes straight out of my MS Tracking database.  Obviously, one or
two submissions do not add up to a reliable average, but I included them
anyway.  These are my experiences only.  Your mileage may vary.
Markets listed as “CLOSED” are not necessarily out of publication,
but to the best of my knowledge are not accepting fiction submissions anymore.
They may still accept nonfiction or other types of submissions.  In any
case, this list should not be accepted as definitive for the status of any
particular market.

Last Updated: 9/5/99 (I know, I’m a slacker …)

Publisher Name

Submissions

Last Submission

Avg. TAT

Non-Responses

Closed?

32 Pages

2

12/13/98

116

1

No

69 Flavors of Paranoia

5

6/3/99

9

0

Yes

Abbaddon

1

5/10/99

59

0

No

Aboriginal Science Fiction

2

6/15/98

80

0

No

Absolute Magnitude

1

11/30/98

17

0

No

Adventure Zine

1

3/22/98

1

No

Age of Wonder

1

9/27/97

231

0

Yes

Agony In Black

2

1/19/99

101

1

No

Albedo
One

2

5/30/99

93

0

No

Alfred Hitchcock

1

10/23/97

33

0

No

AlphaDrive

1

10/4/98

111

0

Yes

Altair

5

5/24/99

22

0

No

Altered Perceptions

1

10/5/98

99

0

Yes

Amazing Stories

2

5/24/99

98

0

No

Amelia

4

5/24/99

37

0

No

Anotherealm

1

8/8/99

5

0

No

Bloodsongs

3

4/12/99

28

0

No

Blue Murder

2

4/25/99

86

0

No

Byline

4

7/12/99

32

0

No

Cabal Asylum

3

1/24/98

27

0

No

Carpe Noctem

1

3/5/98

1

No

Cemetery Dance

2

5/30/98

149

0

Yes

Cemetery Sonata

1

9/28/98

49

0

Yes

Century

5

3/29/99

88

0

No

Challenging Destiny

4

3/29/99

15

0

No

Chasm

4

5/3/99

99

0

No

Clocktower Fiction

6

8/9/99

42

0

No

Con*Tour

1

8/31/98

1

No

Crank!

1

7/6/98

4

0

Yes

Crossroads

2

1/19/99

44

0

Yes

Dark Raptor Press

1

5/10/98

1

Yes

Dark Regions/Horror
Magazine

3

6/7/99

44

0

No

Dark Tome

2

11/15/98

2

Yes

Dark Xzibit

1

9/1/97

1

No

DarkEcho

1

6/27/97

41

0

Yes

Darker Side Anthology

1

7/22/99

16

0

Yes

Darker Woods

2

8/12/97

48

0

Yes

Deadbolt

1

10/13/98

38

0

No

Deadtime Stories

1

7/23/97

1

No

Design Image Group

4

3/28/98

37

0

No

Design Image Group –
Vampire Anthology

1

3/4/98

30

0

Yes

Dragon Magazine

2

3/29/99

16

0

No

Dread

1

7/18/99

30

0

No

Dreams of Decadence

2

10/26/98

38

0

No

Epitaph

4

11/26/97

18

0

Yes

E-Scape

8

8/9/99

32

0

No

Eternity Online

8

3/15/99

26

0

No

Evernight

1

11/17/97

107

0

No

Flesh & Blood

7

8/15/99

4

0

No

Galactic Citizen

1

10/7/97

546

0

Yes

genrEZONE

1

6/5/99

2

0

No

Glimmer Train Press

4

4/12/99

37

0

No

Gothic.Net

4

6/6/99

58

1

No

Grimoire

2

7/24/99

15

0

No

Hardshell Word Factory

1

4/12/99

102

0

No

Implosion

1

1/25/99

108

0

No

Infinite Edge

1

6/10/97

1

Yes

Irene Kraas Agency

1

1/20/98

13

0

No

Jackhammer

1

10/11/98

4

0

No

Leading Edge

1

8/3/98

61

0

No

Leisure Books

2

2/8/99

19

0

No

Lore

3

5/3/99

70

0

No

Maelstrom

5

7/19/99

11

0

No

Magazine of Fantasy and
Science Fiction

6

8/16/99

6

0

No

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fantasy Magazine

3

6/3/99

51

0

No

Medusa’s Hairdo

2

11/22/98

37

0

No

Meisha Merlin

1

5/11/98

1

No

Midnight Gallery

1

11/20/97

96

0

No

MindMares

2

9/21/98

38

0

No

Mind’s Eye Fiction

2

11/7/97

128

1

No

Neverworlds

3

4/25/99

62

0

No

Night Terrors

1

7/20/98

7

0

No

Nonstop

1

9/21/98

1

No

Northern Frights

1

11/10/97

23

0

No

Northern Fusion

3

8/8/99

9

0

No

Not One Of Us

11

6/7/99

15

0

No

Odyssey

1

10/25/97

265

0

Yes

Palace Corbie

1

11/17/97

8

0

No

Pirate Writings

1

1/20/98

22

0

No

Playboy

2

1/4/99

39

0

No

Pulp Fiction

1

11/21/97

182

0

No

Rage Machine

3

1/10/99

2

0

No

Richard Henshaw Group

1

10/25/97

1

No

Satire

1

7/5/98

17

0

No

Science Fiction Age

3

8/9/99

10

0

No

Shadowfall

1

8/9/98

1

0

Yes

Shiver

4

3/4/99

70

0

Yes

Silver Web

2

6/18/98

8

0

No

SpaceWays Weekly

3

1/24/99

13

0

No

Storyteller Magazine

1

2/1/99

170

0

No

Stygian Vortex

2

2/6/98

36

1

Yes

Supernova

1

7/19/98

1

No

Talebones

19

6/2/99

8

0

No

Tales from the Internet

1

5/15/98

51

0

No

Tale’s Realm, The

1

10/18/98

1

No

The Cooperative

2

6/15/99

1

0

No

The Edge

7

5/24/99

28

0

No

The Missouri Review

4

6/21/99

28

0

No

The Moraine

4

11/8/98

26

3

No

Tomorrowsf

1

8/31/98

8

0

Yes

Tor Books

2

6/14/99

8

0

No

TransVersions

5

9/25/97

85

0

No

Twisted Magazine

1

10/8/97

1

Yes

Urban Legends Press

3

12/14/98

90

0

Yes

Vampire Dan’s Story
Emporium

17

2/21/99

20

1

Yes

Weird Tales

7

6/28/99

49

0

No

White Wolf

1

3/30/98

7

0

Yes

Wicked Mystic

1

7/14/97

72

0

Yes

Write Way

1

8/3/98

10

0

No

Zoetrope: All-Story

1

2/22/99

60

0

No

A few useless statistics from the table above:

Longest response time Galactic Citizen, 546 days(!)
Shortest response time The Cooperative/Shadowfall (tie), 1 day
Most submissions Talebones, 19
Most non-responses The Moraine, 3

Wow … I sure was a busy fellow back in the day. I would also say I was very patient, but I’m not sure that would be accurate.

 

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4 Comments

  1. I would guess you were most IMpatient. No patient person would put together such a table tracking response times. 😉

    549 days is pretty impressive. I had one journal reject my story once, and then they wrote me back a couple of months later to reject it again (it had not been resubmitted).

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