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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


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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.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 1941

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 6 x per year.

Fiction Open


Open to a broad Audience.

Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Flash Fiction Flash Fiction250 - 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 20,000 words.

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Pulp, Realist.


Open to all/most Topics.


Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.05-$0.08/word.


Method: Submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.

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Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 76 reports from 62 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported9 min | 42.0 mean avg | 26.5 median | 202 max days (39.8 std dev)
Responses98.69 %
Acceptances6.58 % of submissions accepted (118.8 avg. days per acceptance) | 6.45 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections92.11 % (36.9 avg. days per rejection) | 8.6 % personal, 74.3 % form, 17.1 % unspecified
Non-Responses1.32 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals1.32 % (15.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending15 responses are pending (2 min | 17.2 mean avg | 11.0 median | 88 max days waiting | 21.4 std dev) from 15 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 90 days. (11.8 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 90 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 90 days have passed.
Submissions are acknowledged within 2 days on average.
Most recent response reported was received on 19 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 15 Jun 2024.

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Last Updated: 02 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 07 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 02 Aug 2005

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