Inner Workings

F.A.Q.

How are submissions reviewed?

Learn about our submission evaluation protocol here.

How many stories are published from the slush pile?

All of them, aside from the dozen or so reprints we solicited from their authors shortly after we launched. These solicited reprints were purchased to show the breadth of our team’s taste so authors could get a better idea of the kind of content we’re looking for. We may periodically solicit reprints if we feel a particular story would help push The Dread Machine in a new direction or showcase the kind of writing we want to see more of, but routinely soliciting isn’t something we do.

Do you have a private or "backdoor" submission portal?

We do have a secret portal. We don’t use it to facilitate favoritism but to separate solicited reprints from Anthology and Machination submissions. Each submission form on our site appends appropriate categories (for example, stories submitted through the anthology form are categorized with “Anthology,” general submissions are categorized with “Machination,” and solicited reprints are categorized with “Solicited Reprint,” etc.).

How many stories do you publish annually?

It depends. We publish stories every Friday, so at the very least, we publish 52 stories each year. However, we publish poetry, flash, and micro in bundled releases that contain anywhere from 3-5 pieces, so the actual number might end up closer to 100.

Do you have an author blacklist?

Absolutely. Submitting rape fantasies disguised as “stories” (or anything else that would put you or us on a federal watch list) is a quick way to get your name on it.

Statistics

Q1, 2022

This quarter, we received 479 submissions. We accepted 7 of them.

ACCEPTED 1.56 %
FROM SLUSH 100 %
REPRINTS 0.42 %
0 DAYS
Average Response Time

Q2, 2022

This quarter, we received 1,394 submissions. We accepted 18 of them.

ACCEPTED 1.29 %
FROM SLUSH 100 %
REPRINTS 0.14 %
0 DAYS
Average Response Time

Q1, 2021

This quarter, we received nearly 1,500 submissions. We published 25 of them. Half were solicited reprints to clearly define our style (and keep our budget in check).

ACCEPTED 5 %
FROM SLUSH 72 %
REPRINTS 48 %

(These stats include Mixtape: 1986.)

Q2, 2021

This quarter, we received 783 submissions. As submission quality has continued to improve, our market has become far more competitive.

ACCEPTED 1.4 %
FROM SLUSH 100 %
REPRINTS 0.26 %

(These stats include Mixtape: 1986.)

Q3, 2021

This quarter, we received 355 submissions. As opposed to prior quarters, we did not promote our submissions page in any way.

ACCEPTED 3.66 %
FROM SLUSH 100 %
REPRINTS 0.56 %
0 DAYS
Average Response Time

Q4, 2021

This quarter, we received 419 submissions. Poetry accounted for 56 of those, and 38 were reprints. Again, we did not promote our submissions page in any way.

ACCEPTED 3.82 %
FROM SLUSH 100 %
REPRINTS 0 %
1 0 DAYS
Average Response Time

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