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A top science fiction magazine announced that it would no longer accept submissions after it was flooded with AI- or ChatGPT-generated stories.
"There is a problem for short fiction submissions, and it’s not just going to go away," sci-fi magazine Clarkesworld tweeted last week, posting a graph that showed they had seen a jump in banned submissions – stories either dismissed due to plagiarism or because they were "bot-written."
"It’s clear that business as usual won’t be sustainable, and I worry that this path will lead to an increased number of barriers for new and international authors," magazine founder Neil Clarke explained in a subsequent blogpost. "Short fiction needs these people."
ChatGPT and its growing competitors are part of a fresh wave of sophisticated computer intelligence called generative AI, which are systems that can produce content from text to images.
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Clarkesworld, which regularly publishes fiction from award-winning science fiction and fantasy writers, fully closed its submissions on Tuesday after seeing a continued spike in chatbot-generated submissions. The magazine has been a launching pad for award-winning writers and regularly publishes work from well-established authors in the industry.
Publication in Clarkesworld is limited to 22,000 words maximum, with a payment of $.12 per word – meaning an author could make up to around $2,600 with publication.
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The magazine had seen a jump in bot-written stories starting in the last few months of 2022, but submissions spiked with the release of ChatGPT and other AI programs, with the number of entries doubling each month until hitting a watershed in February.
"In 15 days, we’ve more than doubled the total for all of January," Clarke wrote, posting a graph that showed around 115-120 banned stories in January and almost 350 in February by that time – which accounted for around 38% of all submissions. Just one week later, the number had reached 500 stories.
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Clarke noted that such cases had been "infrequent enough" in the past, and he considered them "only a minor nuisance."