I’ve been trying to decide what to do about Until Filled anthologies, so I’m putting it out to the folks who read my Anthology Markets posts. At what point do you give up on an antho that doesn’t have a definite closing date, but is just open until it’s filled? To be clear, I’m talking about not sending them anything at all after they’ve been “until filled” for a certain length of time, rather than withdrawing a submission.
I have some Until Filled anthologies on the list that’ve been hanging for over a year. Past a certain point, it seems to me that sending them a story would be like tossing it into a black hole. The longer it stays open, the less likely they are to ever finally fill up and be published, or so it seems to me, particularly if it’s been a year or a year and a half or more. I’d think twice and maybe three times before sending a story to an Until Filled market that’d been hanging open for over a year, and the more writers who think the same way, the worse the situation is, so… is there any point to keeping them on the list? What do you all think?
I guess I’m trying to find out how many other writers do think the same way.
Does it make a difference if the editor has been posting updates or news about the antho more recently? How about if there’s nothing directly from the editor (on the anthology blog or web page or whatever) but if Duotrope shows that stories have been accepted more recently? How much more recently, in both cases? Less than a year? six months? three months? or…?
The listing is getting pretty long, and I’d like to be able to trim it, particularly if other writers consider these long-dormant anthologies deadwood, as I’m beginning to. If some significant number of people still find these listings useful, though, then I’ll keep them.