Last Day for 100 Stories for Qld: reflecting both ways

Has it really been two and a bit weeks since we launched 100 Stories for Queensland?Is today really the last day for submissions? The answer to both is, incredibly, yes!

It feels like so much longer considering all that has transpired between the opening of submissions on the 12th and today. I feel older, wiser, tireder and definitely more clued on to the entire submissions process having seen it from the reverse side. I have also been blessed to have made some new friends along the way, people I definitely want to work with in the future if the opportunities find their way to me. The social networks at work, have astounded and floored me, along with people’s generosity. The team working behind the scenes is in excess of 30 peeople. The largest gathering of folk for one of these anthologies.

There have been some wonderful reads along the way, which I could share insights and snipets from, but then I’d have to kill you… all two of you who read this blog! No letting it drop who might have made it through – yet.

The stories which grabbed my attention were the ones that found a unique way to tell a tale, a quirk of POV or an ample dose of quality humour. There were others which teared at the heart strings also, or dragged me so far into the narrative I lost time and space while I read it. All ways to improve your chances of making it through to the next round for consideration.

There were also good stories and interesting premises let down by lazy writing or poor execution on the page; over writing, poor punctuation, grammar and spelling, plot holes and flat endings. All things which could have been turned around by sharing with a beta reader or line editor.

Of course the close of submissions at midnight today only draws to an end the first step of the process.

Over the next week the management team will be going through the stories which made the long list to whittle it down to 100. It is something I’m looking forward to with equal doses of tredipation and excitement, and very glad to be part of a team who have been through the process before.

To those who have sent in a submission, thank you. To those who miss out on a place on the long list, take heart. A rejection often means the story was not a good fit for the anthology (there were several excellent stories, but were set in flood ravaged locales, for example). A rejection is also an opportunity to review your work, to see how it may be improved for future submissions. If you haven’t had your work beta read, line edited or proof read, perhaps now is the time to make this investment in your story. It is obvious to us on the other side, the stories which have been put through their paces, with someone other than the writer, before submission.

And to those who make the long list, we promise not to keep you hanging for too long, waiting to know who will be included in the anthology. The long list will be release early next week.

Now… off to do some reading, and keep track of the numbers of submissions coming, to see who wins our ‘end of day submissions sweepstake’.

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12 thoughts on “Last Day for 100 Stories for Qld: reflecting both ways

    • It is weird Laura, there are clear YES stories, and clear NO stories… it gets interesting when you get a divide vote.

      Going through the long list is going to be… interesting? I have only been dropping in and out doing reading to date, as I have another major project going on at the same time (which I will get around to blogging about in the next day or two!) The bulk of the reading and voting at this stage is being done by a dedicated group of volunteer readers. Bless their cotton socks and mouse clicks.

  1. Whilst I don’t envy going through all the submissions, which is why I approach The Red Pen differently to most zines, I would be curious to overhear discussions of what fits and what doesn’t – though I also have the fear I might have been lazy about my submission

    • Yeah – its why I prefer to do inclusion by invitation or the middle path between open submission and invitation only – crowd sourcing.I’d say for every great story there is a several average ones and many more unsuitable ones.

      I’ll punch you in the arm (in person) next month about your submission!

    • Work by everyone… Tervor and I just make sure the thing keeps ticking over… the next phase will be far more intense, and glad to be bringing in a fresh bunch of editors and eyes.

      Not looking forward to the process of working out how best to use the platform for editing and conversatons with the authors rgarding submissions… but we got over the voting and submissions process, so we’ll tackle editing with the same head on dedication to creative problem solving and crowd sourced solutions.

  2. You are such an amazing visionary, Jodi. Congrats on the great work you are doing, and the amazing team you have gathered around yourself.
    Adam B @revhappiness

    • I’m not sure on the visionary attribution Adam… after all it was Trevor’s idea in the beginning, and it was he who assembled the core management team. I’ve just worked behind the scenes to ensure we have enough help and things run smoothly.

      I have to say, the volunteer group of readers have outdone themselves in their committment to the task at hand, and their speedy attention to the stories, ensuring we’ve kept ahead of our deadlines the entire way through the submissions process.

  3. It has been such a pleasure to be involved and see how things work with a project like this. I, for one, have gained a lot from this experience, so I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me as a reader.

    Three cheers.

    • Rebecca,
      Thank you so much for generously giving of your time to read and be involved in the project. Without writers like you, we wouldn’t have been able to run such a successful submissions process… from reading, and voting, through to spreading the word and being an active and positive member of the team. I’m so glad it has been a win-win-win situation for all of us.

  4. I just discovered this today, and just missed the deadline. I’m a freelance writer who has been to Australia 5 times, mostly reporting wildlife stories (sharks, cassowaries, koalas). I think this story would be great for the anthology if you would still consider it. It first appeared in National Wildife mag and it’s about Steve Irwin’s Zoo Wildlife Hospital and their efforts to help koalas. http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Animals/Archives/2007/Will-Urban-Sprawl-KO-the-Koala.aspx

    (I am not crazy about the title – it’s really a positive story of helping the little guys!)

    Wendee

  5. Thanks for your interest Wendee. Unfortunately the anthology only accepted short fiction (under 1000) words and previously unpublished. Under these guidelines the non-fiction piece you’ve linked to is not eligible.

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