Get your entries ready. We will announce how and where to submit them soon.
Important rules. Please read all of them:
– Your story must be Science Fiction or Fantasy
– Short stories only, no novels
– Please enter only the first 300 words. If 300 words leaves you with half a sentence, finish that sentence, but please, no more.
– The work in question MUST be yours, must be finished and must not have been published. We may ask to see the rest of the story.
– All entries should be anonymous, like our slush.
Submitting will be through an anonymous entry on another blog at Livejournal, address to be announced later. Please make sure your name doesn’t appear anywhere on your entry. If you have a Livejournal account, log out, and post anonymous. I will not respond to any posts, so at any one time, you’ll only be able to see your own entry.
I will then post each entry on this blog, with editor’s comments. We will do our utmost best to give comments that give writers something to work with. While the nature of most comments will inevitably be ‘negative’, since like all magazines, we reject the vast majority of slush, we will tell you where the story could be improved and how you could possibly do this. Please remember it’s only one opinion.
This workshop is designed with new writers in mind, and by that I mean writers who have not been published in the magazine, or similar semipro magazines, before. I hope it will give writers insight into the slush process at our magazine. The comments on each entry are not law, because other editors and other magazine may well think differently. For ideas about our preferences, may I suggest your read the ‘slush minion’s diary’ posts on this blog (see tags on right).
How many entries we can take depends on how many we get. First in, best dressed.
This workshop will go live when the PDF version of issue 50 is available for purchase. It is a service provided for free by the magazine’s editors, but we’ll never discourage anyone from buying a PDF issue, or a subscription. After all, the best way to get a feel for what a magazine accepts is to read a couple of issues.