Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I know it's hard to believe, but...

...submissions are still open.


We are, in fact, only halfway filled. I expected this month's round to be a bit slower, since the genres are more narrowly defined. (You'd swear most of you write SF/F or kidlit, yanno?)

So. That's why you haven't seen the ominous "Submissions Are Now Closed" post. I'll post it at the end of the window, of course, but I think this round is going to be easier on all of us--and more critful for the participants.

Yes, critful. Write it down.

Gee whiz, though. I feel almost...unpopular.

Not really. It's a beautiful day and I'm happy to know I won't be cut-and-pasting it away!


  1. Isn't it nice to have readers who actually follow your instructions? I'm sure most agents would LOVE to not have to wade through all of those queries that completely disregard the submission guidelines!

    Three cheers for us!

  2. Hmmm, might just submit! Thanks for letting us know, Authoress!

  3. Yeah, I was excited about the prospect of submitting then saw the now SF/F statement. I guess I fall in with most everyone else, 'cause both of the stories I am ready to submit would fall in that category.

  4. Apparently, 90 percent of unpublished novels are sf/f. :-)

  5. And I was hovering by the keyboard just waiting to send my entry...Glad you found an agent who likes the mystery/suspense/
    thriller genres for those of us who are neck deep in it.
    May one submit a different entry? I have a few on my virtual shelves.
    Thanks a lot.

  6. Leigh,

    It's tempting to say yes, but I really need to stick to my rule of "one entry only" so as not to set a precedent for future contests.

    So I'm sorry, but you'll have to stick with one entry, and the knowledge that this Secret Agent is going to have an easier time of it than Kristin did! ;)

  7. Romance here. But I echo the sentiment that it's nice to see rules being followed.

  8. Maybe part of the problem is that everyone submitted their first 1000 words instead.

    I'm DQ'd because everything I write is either SF or F.

  9. You might find it eye opening to try a poll and see what people who visit your site are writing. You seem to have an abundance of YA writers in the fantasy/paranormal/sci fi subgenre. But maybe that's only those who have something finished. I know I would be curious about the results.

  10. I like Cat Schield's suggestion. Then us YA fantasy/paranormal/sci fi writers can be really depress when we see how much competition exists for us. Makes me glad for every request I receive. No wonder I plan to frame the request for a partial from my dream agent and hang it by my computer for all to see *grin*.

  11. During the last Drop the Needle crit-fest, I had a tough time wading through all of the Fantasy and YA/MG material to find stuff that I could critique. I rarely read any of those, and was afraid to critique those entries. There were enough other entries that I didn't feel that I was cheating the system, but they were thin on the ground.

    It was initially surprising, until I realized that nearly every fiction writer I've met IRL has had a focus on Fantasy, YA, or MG. As a contemporary thriller/suspense guy myself, I'm the odd one out. Now that I think about it, I don't think I've met another one IRL.

    I guess SF/F and YA/MG are just "in" right now.

  12. Ouch, I hate those stupid typos. Depressed. I meant depressed not depress. Whew! Now that I've got that out of my system, I can go back to dwelling on the YA fantasy competition. Sigh.

  13. Rick, I was tempted to submit the suspense/thriller that I wrote to this week's Special Agent...but it wasn't sellable 4 years ago and repeating the experience would probably be a little depressing...

    Then my wife kept getting on me to write something I'd let my kids read and ended up with a YA fantasy. I think it's the Harry Potter affect lighting the way.