All the editors are currently going through slush and sending out rejection emails or notices of hold-for-voting.
Here are some recent sugestions I've gleaned:
- Do send us your file as an attachment in the correct format (rtf).
- Do send only one story at a time.
- Do include a brief cover letter.
- Do proofread for grammar and spelling issues. A few mistakes aren't a big deal, but a lot of mistakes will get you rejected.
- Do obey our word-ount rules, namely, 250-words to 7,000-words. A further tip: it's difficult to tell a story in less than a thousand words. Another tip: a story with more than 5,000-words makes editors tired; if your story is over 5,000-words make sure you need all those words!
- Grab the reader (aka the editor) on the first page. Short stories don't work with 250-plus words of setup--at least at this market.
- Do set the scene on the first page. As a reader, I don't want to be confused about where we are and/or who or what is there.