Our submission guidelines noted that we expected to make decisions late July, and asked people not query about their submission status until August. I want to provide an update to all waiting for a response at this time.
The great news is that Dark Dispatch received almost 500 submissions. However, this is one of the reasons I’m behind schedule. I anticipate having final decisions on all submissions between August 12 and August 19. As stated in the submission guidelines, simultaneous submissions are fine. I only ask you to let me know if you place your story elsewhere.
I apologize for the delay. I understand it’s frustrating to wait for responses, and given the volume of submissions, there will be a lot more rejections heading out than acceptances. However, another part of the reason for the delay is overall submission quality. You aren’t making this easy, and if DD doesn’t take your story, it’s only a matter of time before it finds a home.
In order to expedite the review process, I’ll use an auto reply with the email account and apologize that I can’t respond personally at this time, but in fairness to every writer, I must prioritize final decisions.