We are deep in the slush pile...
Here's some tips:
- Your page one needs to be very good. We get hundreds of stories, so, sadly, if your story opening isn't good, we probably won't keep reading. This means:
- formatting should be appropriate
- minimize grammar and spelling errors
- the content should be clear and interesting
- I recommend having someone else read your opening. Ask him/her what the story is about, or what's intriguing. If they can't tell you--modify the opening.
- Write about something we like (How do you know this? Read previous issues.)
- one editor loves dragons
- one editor enjoys unresolved/open endings
- one editor enjoys time travel, alternate worlds, quantum ideas
- consider steam-punk or genre mashups
- Consider a first line hook
- this probably isn't a long description
- this probably isn't dialogue
- the author telling the reader something can be effective here