12 April 2016

reaction to slush

We are in the thick of it now! We're furiously trying to get through the slush pile in preparation for our next production meeting at the end of the month.

I read a story recently that started off great. It had a great voice, a great protagonist, a great opening. The protagonist had a good problem and started acting to solve it. I was totally reading along, thinking 'this is going to make it into the issue' when it ended. And not in a good way! It just petered out. There was no story resolution. I was super disappointed. In fact, I almost emailed the author that we'd buy it if he/she added a more satisfying ending. But I resisted. (Why? Because it's against our editorial policy. Why? Because it's caused troubles in the past.)

I'm sure everyone read Nikki's excellent article "Story Endings, How They Torture Me" in the last issue. You read it, right? If not, go check it out.
The gist is: "Change is probably the biggest and most important part of an ending." Make sure something is changed in your story. Also, make sure to show the reader the change. It doesn't count if it doesn't make it onto the page.

Thanks for submitting! We appreciate it!

Some schedule notes:

  • The submission deadline for this issue is midnight April 15, 2016, U.S. Mountain time.
  • Our production meeting is at the end of April.
  • This means all authors should hear back from editors by May 7, 2016 at the latest.
    If your story is accepted, this email should include a contract. Please write us back as soon as possible.
    If you don't hear back by then, something went awry and you should probably resubmit your story for the next issue. (Sorry!)
  • Regarding art: we do tend to hang on to art submissions for possible use in future issues. Thus, it's possible artists will not hear back by May 7. If you need us to release your art for another project, please let us know.
  • We're still encouraging accepted authors to blog about their stories here. It's helpful if you get back to us with your blog entry ASAP. (Thanks!)
  • The issue goes live May 31, 2016. Yay!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Crap, I don't know if I should hope that this was my story or that it wasn't...