Posts Tagged ‘nonfiction’

A Sabermetric Note from Your Submission Manager Manager

Friday, March 3rd, 2017


As we ease into March (and Spring Training), we find ourselves in the final stretch of our reading period, which ends March 15th. Here’s Senior Associate Editor Matt O’Keefe offering up some play-by-play on submissions patterns he’s noticed over the years.

Matt O’Keefe: Six to three to one. What is that? A somewhat decisive community council vote? One of your rarer and more exciting double plays (shortstop to first base to pitcher)? The outcome of consecutive games of HORSE (or a single game of HORSEHORSE) between three players, one of whom is significantly better/luckier than the others? Sure, could be. But at The Cincinnati Review, and maybe lit mags the world over [It would be interesting to know–Ed.], it is also a ratio that persists with the force of natural law: for every ten submissions we get, six are fiction, three are poetry, and one is nonfiction.

Of course, like nearly everything one says or writes, this is not literally true. Sometimes in my Submission Manager queue I see things like twelve stories in a row, or combinations that go fiction-poetry-fiction-poetry-nonfiction-nonfiction-fiction-poetry-poetry-fiction, and there was that one day when the next five submissions were all nonfiction, and I just had to get up from my chair, smiling inwardly, and walk around a little. But over time, and usually not much time, a couple weeks at most, nature reasserts itself and leaves us with that classic 6-3-1 distribution. I guess it’s just the frequency with which you guys write the stuff [It would be interesting to know–Ed.]!

Be sure to get your submissions in by March 15th!

Submission Trends

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Just for kicks, here is a list of trends that we’ve been noticing in our submission stacks lately:

Stories set in the 50s and 60s: It’s fun to insist that this is due to the popularity of Madmen, even if it’s not true.

Stories about ghosts: And we published one of these—Micah Riecker’s “The Drowned Girl”—and it is going to get its own special blog post here in a week or so.

Nonfiction about incest.

We don’t have any poetry trends right now because we’re experiencing a weird dearth of poetry submissions. What gives?

Of course, this isn’t meant to discourage your masterpiece about an advertising firm run by ghosts who have crushes on their siblings. Especially if it’s a poem.