Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine pre-slushing workshop!

Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is turning fifty—fifty issues, that is.

Over the past forty-nine issues, since 2002, we’ve published many authors who are ‘big names’ in SFF, sometimes, but not always, before they became big names. Think Aliette de Bodard, think Jay Lake. Think Sean Williams, Simon Brown, Sean McMullen, Felicity Pulman. We’ve also published many writers who had never published before.

As a way to celebrate our publishing milestone, and to promote our image as a magazine that publishes new and upcoming writers, this blog will feature an online pre-slushing session in early March.

The concept is this:

ASIM has a three-stage submission process. First, a submitted story goes out to a reader. If the reader thinks the story is OK, two more slush readers will read it. If the story passes those readings, it will go into the slush pool. At this stage our editors go fishing. But successfully getting through all these stages is still quite hard.

This pre-slushing project gives new writers the opportunity to get feedback before submitting officially to the magazine, thus giving you a better shot at success, at ASIM or elsewhere.

For any stories submitted that week, providing the stories meet the guidelines for the magazine (that is: they are speculative fiction), writers will receive feedback from our editors on the first page (300 words) of the story, and if the story passes the first round, the entire story.

First page critiques will be posted on this blog so that other writers can glean some information from it, too. The title of your story and your name will not be posted (so that our slush readers will not be influenced), just the first 300 words with commentary.

There are no further obligations on either part. Having submitted here won’t mean that you have to submit the story to ASIM, so you can take the comments, edit the story and send it off to our submissions address, or the submissions address of any other magazine for that matter.

Also, having submitted here won’t guarantee publication in the magazine, but it will give you an opportunity to get feedback from people who actually buy stories.

This will be a fundraising effort, so if you don’t already subscribe, you will be strongly ‘encouraged’ to buy, for a few lousy dollars, a special three-issue e-subscription to the magazine for which you get three e-issues with great fiction.

Interested? Follow me or @ASIMtweets on Twitter, or watch this space. Exact dates and more details will be announced later.


7 comments on “Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine pre-slushing workshop!

    • Feel free to advertise wherever you see fit 😉
      As long as it’s SF/F, and as long as it’s a short story.
      More details to follow (when we’ve worked them out)

    • I have to admit that I don’t understand this comment. This is not about slush readers, it’s about giving beginning writers some idea how they might improve their chances. As slush reader myself, I try to comment when I can, but I admit I don’t always do this. Many magazines never comment at all, so in that case, people never know why their material was rejected.

  1. FREE feedback!? This is a great service, as it IS a service, and everyone who’s fortunate enough to get feedback should be grateful. I’m really looking forward to March’s critiques.

  2. Sounds awesome!

    Still unclear on a couple of things though…

    How do we submit our pieces for critiquing with you? And there was something about subscriptions near the end… Do you have to be a subscriber to get your piece critiqued?


    • There will be more information on this later. I want to make sure that this process coincides with the release of issue #50, and we don’t have a definite release date for that yet.

      Further information will be posted here.

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