If the comments on the original post here are any indication, there’s some interest in at least a quick update on where we are with the submissions for the Midian Unmade anthology project so I thought I’d provide one…
Del and I have gone through the 500+ submissions that we received during the open submission period. The vast majority of the first pass rejections have gone out, so if you haven’t heard from us it is likely that your story ended up in our second look pile. We’re in the process of going through the 50-odd stories that caught our eye during the first pass and making our final selections.
The quality of the stories overall have been quite good – a number have been downright excellent. A few struck Del and I so strongly that they made it right from the first pass into the book itself – they were that good! (FYI – Acceptances have not been sent out.)
A few bits of feedback to bear in mind for some of you when submitting to other anthology projects in the future:
- If you are submitting to an anthology entitled Midian Unmade, do not spell Midian with an e.
- For that matter, don’t send a story that you haven’t spell-checked and proofed. If there are spelling and grammar errors on the first page, I’m not going to read any further.
- Do not label your file a generic file name like “Midian” as there will be at least forty others who do the same.
- Put your name and contact information on the first page of the story so that we know who you are – I occassionally print out a story to read it and when the information is absent it is difficult to match the story with the originating email. You wouldn’t want an editor to pass simply because they couldn’t figure out who sent them the story…
- Same goes for page numbers – use them! If I print your story and the pages get out of order accidentally, it can be a pain to reorder them without page numbers.
- If the call for submissions announces that the editors are looking for stories that follow a specific theme, do not send a submission that ignores that theme. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that your chances of making the cut end up being practically non-existent if you do…
I will say that there were a number of stories that came close and I wish I had the opportunity to offer some feedback to those individual writers. However, with the number of stories we received for this open call, it just wasn’t feasible.
If you haven’t heard from us yet, just hang tight – we hope to be finished with the final selections in the next few weeks.
Thanks to all of you who submitted and to all those who are supporting the project – we’re as excited as you are about the project and can’t wait to announce the final line-up!