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fall09
10-14-2009, 03:05 AM
Anyone have any experience with the ezine Strange Horizons? I'm thinking of submitting a short story there. Thanks!

Unimportant
10-14-2009, 03:06 AM
They're a very tough market to crack, but they're highly respected, pay well, have a wide readership, and the editors are very nice to work with.

Izz
10-14-2009, 03:17 AM
One of the best ezines in the spec fic industry. One of the best markets in the spec fic industry, period.

CaoPaux
10-14-2009, 06:52 PM
Adding link: http://www.strangehorizons.com/

PeterL
10-14-2009, 06:59 PM
I tend to agree with the other posters. I submitted there twice and was rejected twice, so I disagree with their taste in literature.

TWErvin2
10-15-2009, 02:07 AM
I agree with the others above. Good market, tough to break into.

I sent to them this summer. Took about 50 days for a reply. They rejected with a brief note included indicating what they liked but also found lacking.

Terry

Izz
10-15-2009, 02:08 AM
I tend to agree with the other posters. I submitted there twice and was rejected twice, so I disagree with their taste in literature.Only rejected by them twice? Come now, man, where's your fighting spirit?

eqb
10-15-2009, 02:10 AM
I rather like them. (Then again, they bought three of my stories. *g*)

PeterL
10-15-2009, 04:56 PM
Only rejected by them twice? Come now, man, where's your fighting spirit?

That isn't the only market. I got the second rejection last week, and haven't decided what else to submit.

V. Greene
10-15-2009, 07:33 PM
Duotrope lists them as having a less-than-one-percent acceptance rate, which is something to keep in mind when they don't take your story. They've not taken two of mine, one of which is now accepted somewhere else. If at first you don't succeed, etc.

Their rejection letters are nice to have, though. They critique your pacing or plot or and-the-kitchen-sink-ness instead of just adding another form email to your collection.

Izz
10-15-2009, 11:24 PM
Their rejection letters are nice to have, though. They critique your pacing or plot or and-the-kitchen-sink-ness instead of just adding another form email to your collection.Depends who you get. There's three editors at SH and one tends to give personal Rs while the other two generally give form.

eqb
10-15-2009, 11:33 PM
Depends who you get. There's three editors at SH and one tends to give personal Rs while the other two generally give form.

It also depends on when your story gets rejected. If yours arrives along with a flood of others, you get the form.

Kitty Pryde
09-15-2010, 04:01 AM
Anybody have any recent experience about how long they take? I submitted a story 8 weeks ago (their site says they take up to 10 weeks) and I have a major case of ants in the pants waiting to hear back from them! :)

Izz
09-15-2010, 04:08 AM
Anybody have any recent experience about how long they take? I submitted a story 8 weeks ago (their site says they take up to 10 weeks) and I have a major case of ants in the pants waiting to hear back from them! :)I know they were closed for a few days recently because one of the editors was getting married (at least, i think that's the reason i read on the site), so that might have slowed up the response times a bit. It could also mean they're giving your story serious consideration :)

56 days is towards the upper end of their response time, but still not an uncommon length. But, like their guidelines say, query the moment the story's been there longer than 70 days.

Polenth
09-15-2010, 04:21 AM
Anybody have any recent experience about how long they take? I submitted a story 8 weeks ago (their site says they take up to 10 weeks) and I have a major case of ants in the pants waiting to hear back from them! :)

I once had a story held a bit longer. Never found out if the person assigned it was just slower or they'd actually held it (though I did get a personal rejection). But either way, the timing changes day-to-day. The way to have some idea is to check the recent responses on Duotrope and see if your story is older. The bigger the gap between your story and the responses coming through, the more likely it is that it's been held.

Izz
09-15-2010, 04:23 AM
You can also check this page to give you a general idea of where your story might be sitting in the queue: SH Fiction Department Response Status (http://www.strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction-status.shtml)

Kitty Pryde
09-15-2010, 04:33 AM
Thanks! The statistics on duotrope are encouraging, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up. I am a total noob at the whole story submitting thing so it is hard not to worry excessively :)

MumblingSage
09-16-2010, 03:28 AM
I haven't got a story accepted by them (yet) after perhaps half a dozen submissions over the years, but I still reccomend them wholeheartedly. Almost every rejection I've received has been personal and helpful. They do take some time, though--I've had stories held up to around 70 days in the past, a little higher than their 'official' response time on Duotrope.

eqb
09-16-2010, 11:56 PM
I've sold three stories to them. All three responses took 60 to 70 days. Rejections took 30 to 50+ days. However those response times are from a couple years ago.

FOTSGreg
09-17-2010, 12:38 AM
SH is considered one of the Big Ones - Analog, F&SF, Asimov's being the top 3 and SH being among tbe top 5 (the last 2of which I can't remember right now).

Kitty Pryde
09-17-2010, 09:33 PM
Personalized R after an even 8 weeks. It was an awfully nice one though, TBH. My very first one! :tongue

Izz
01-08-2011, 04:22 AM
Somehow i missed SH upping their pay rates from 5c a word to 7c a word. Kewlness.

Manuel Royal
01-08-2011, 04:46 AM
Wow. I gotta try them again. (They've rejected me three times, in a professional and polite manner.)

AmandaHelms
01-21-2015, 08:08 PM
Hi all,

I've got a somewhat odd question for those who've submitted to Strange Horizons. What browser were you using? I think I'm likely in my 2nd failed sub to them--first one put me on the "your story was submitted" page, but I never received an email confirmation. Checked with SH, and they said something went wonky on their end; story never made to the slush pile; please resub.

I did. Again saw "your story was submitted" page but still haven't received an email confirmation, though I do need to wait another 12 hours to be sure it doesn't come through before querying SH.

Yes, I did the triple-check to ensure my email address was listed right, that I was submitting an .rtf and not another file version, and I've checked my spam folder.

I'm on Chrome. Wondering if perhaps it doesn't play well with their web submission form.

Drachen Jager
01-21-2015, 09:41 PM
I've used Firefox in the past and had no problems (all were "successfully" rejected).

Polenth
01-21-2015, 11:21 PM
I've got a somewhat odd question for those who've submitted to Strange Horizons. What browser were you using?

Firefox. I've never had issues with the automated system using that.

Dmbeucler
01-21-2015, 11:42 PM
I used Chrome, no problems but this was a year or more ago.

Casey Karp
01-22-2015, 05:19 AM
The one time I submitted to SH, I used Chrome with no problem. However, since that was nearly two years ago, it's quite possible the site has changed since then.

Thedrellum
01-22-2015, 08:50 PM
Another for Firefox (actually, Waterfox) and no problems. I'm with Drachen Jager in the successfully rejected camp for my stories.

AmandaHelms
01-22-2015, 10:37 PM
Thanks, all! [And sorry to the mods for putting this in the wrong forum at first.] I did finally get my email confirmation, but I'll keep in mind that it's possible Firefox might work a little better.

slhuang
06-22-2015, 02:13 AM
SH has such a strong reputation already that I doubt this thread needs my input, but I like being positive about the awesome people I've worked with. :greenie In that vein, I had a story published by them this year and it was a wonderful experience. Specifics:

General Correspondence & Professionalism: Absolutely excellent. Very fast to reply when I emailed them about anything, and they always spoke to me in a way that made me feel valued as a writer (which is huge to me, as they're a big market and I still feel like a very small fry!). My impression is of extremely professional people who are also wonderful human beings. :greenie

Production Extras: They did ILLUSTRATIONS! Beautiful ones!! And AN AUDIO VERSION! Aaaaaaaa! *dies* And the narrator of the audio emailed me beforehand to verify pronunciation of both my name and character names, which I really appreciated.

Editing: I had a great experience with the edits. They did a round of editing and then a separate round of proofreading, and at all steps it felt easy and collaborative. I loved my editor both for her talent at editing -- I immediately agreed with most of her suggestions! -- and for being so pleasant and easy to communicate with.

Payment & Contracting: Very prompt, very clear. Excellent rates (their pay rate is at 8 cents a word now). Very fair contract terms and an easy process; they're clearly pros at what they do.

Overall, it was a really fantastic experience, and I'd work with them again in a heartbeat. I know nobody needs my urging to submit to them, but yeah -- submit to them. :greenie

jkenton
06-22-2015, 04:04 AM
They're a market I will submit to until my dying day. Even after my Ascension, and I become God-King of Amazon. When weeping editors carry my on my palanquin, and slush readers joyfully fight to the death to read my work, I will still respectfully, eagerly, and hopefully submit to Strange Horizons. My first short (ever) got a brief, but incredibly useful personal rejection. Told me what the strengths were, and what the single issue which kept them from buying. That little gold nugget of a rejection was a great gift, helped me fix similar issues in all my work, and showed me that I had somethings which I was doing very, very, right... probably kept me from giving up on the whole writing thing.