We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case—the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories. With the exception of a regular book review column and a mystery crossword, EQMM publishes only fiction. We are especially happy to review first stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally. First-story submissions should be addressed to EQMM's Department of First Stories.
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There are 65 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
3 min | 16.75 mean avg | 13 median | 87 max days
1.53% - avg 87 days
98.46% - avg 15 days(10.93% of rejections are personal)
7 pending responses (5 min | 161 mean avg | 29 median | 961 max days waiting) Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data. We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.