Still no word on “If By Reason of Strength…”

Tomorrow will be 50 days since sending the story to ANALOG.  Aside from it being a nice round number, it’s more than 20 days longer than any submission I have ever sent there (the longest previous submission I got back in 29 day; that was back in 2003; the most recent submission I got back in 28 days and that was in 2007).  I can think of three possibilities:

1. The story has made it past the slush pile and is being considered.
2. The holidays created a backlog and it’s simply taking longer than usual.
3. The story was lost in the mail.

The optimist in me is hoping for #1, of course.  I think it’s a good story.  Regardless, no news is good news when it comes to these kinds of things.  I remain hopeful. 

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.