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’.