This is a quick update for everyone who has expressed interest in our books, and especially those of you who submitted stories. We have now finished reading all the submissions. We have split the stories into those which will be rejected immediately, those we think are so good that they’re definitely in and then a third pile of those we like but want to read a second time before we make the final choices.
The longlist (as it’s called) is – as usual – too long for the anthology, otherwise we’d simply take them all. It’s full of stories we think are good, that we believe in but which we have to sift to ensure that we’re taking the right ones for the theme of the collection.
It’s not long now – hopefully another week or so – and we’ll start sending out confirmations to people. In each case we’d like to offer a reason why the story was, or wasn’t accepted.
However, let me say now, that if and when we write to say you made it to the long list, you should feel pretty good about yourself – it will mean that in our opinion, you CAN write even if in this case the story wasn’t quite right for the collection. Our message will hopefully be – don’t be disheartened, keep writing, keep submitting because you’ve got talent.