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YBH Honorable Mentions

I've broken down the 531 honorable mentions in this year's Year's Best Horror by market.  You've seen me do this before with Year's Best SF and the late lamented Year's Best Fantasy & Horror.  I think it's probably the most accurate way of guaging the relative "status" and "quality" of different markets.

A few caveats:
  1. Obviously a market that publishes more stories per year has a higher likelihood of receiving more honorable mentions.
  2. HMs necessarily reflect the taste of the editor of the YBH anthology.   I don't know whether Ellen has any built-in bias in favor of one editorial style over another (as Gardner admits he does).
  3. This list actually includes both the stories that actually made it into the book and those that didn't.  I actually track those lists separately.  (If you're interested, F&SF had the largest number of stories (5) in the volume itself.)
  4. This list includes only periodicals and repeating anthologies.  I didn't include the one-time anthologies.

Here goes:

Black Static22
F&SF16
Weird Tales12
Chizine11
Postscripts10
Space & Time9
Apex8
Asimovs8
Goblin Fruit8
Something Wicked8
Subterranean8
Crimewave7
Andromeda Spaceways6
Fantasy Magazine6
GUD Magazine6
Read by Dawn6
Shroud6
Mythic Delerium5
Nemonymous5
Not One of Us5
Shimmer5
Sirenia Digest5
Alfred Hitchcock's MM4
Ellery Queen's MM4
Exotic Gothic4
McSweeney's4
Midnight Echo4
Nossa Morte4
On Spec4
OSC's Int Med Show4
Supernatural Tales4
Borderlands3
Cemetery Dance3
Clockwork Phoenix3
Flytrap3
Illumen3
Lone Star Stories3
Midnight Street3
New Yorker3
Strange Horizons3
Writers of the Future3
Zahir3
Abyss & Apex2
Albedo One2
Analog2
Aurealis2
Clarksworld2
Dark Horizons2
Gargoyle2
Philippine Genre Stories2
Realms of Fantasy2
Star*Line2
Talebones2
West Branch2
A Public Space1
ASF1
Boulevard1
Carve1
City Slab1
Conjunctions1
Crimsonhighways.com1
Dark Discoveries1
Farrago's Wainscot1
Fictitious Force1
Full Unit Hookup1
Harrow1
Hayden's Ferry Review1
Heliotrope1
Helix1
Horror Library1
Kaleidotrope1
Mythic1
Paradox1
Relief1
Rogue1
Shiny1
Sinister Tales1
Sonoma Review1
Speculative Poetry1
Static Movement1
Studies in the Fantastic1
Succor1
Swill1
Tales of the Unanticipated1
Tor.com1

If you look at the top 11 from this list, you'll note that only 5 are SFWA "paying markets."  I point this out because some newbies tend to think of SFWA publication as the holy grail of short story writing, and I don't think it is.
Tags: honorable mentions, markets, year's best horror
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