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Broken Bones – An Update

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.


About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.


4 thoughts on “Broken Bones – An Update

  1. And the nail-biting commences… 😁

    Posted by Paul M. Feeney | June 23, 2016, 6:29 pm
  2. Will be good to get some feedback good or bad …

    Posted by Shaw Green | July 5, 2016, 11:47 am

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