We’re making a few minor updates to the submissions process for future issues of the magazine. Basically, we’re learning as we go, and we’ve also had a number of questions while compiling the shortlist for the first issue that were not in the comments but which we had to think of an answer to. If you’ve already submitted for the Excess issue using the original rules, don’t worry – we won’t penalize you. Anyway, here they are:
- We will be accepting .rtf submissions for the Excess issue and all future issues.
- We will be accepting creative non-fiction, but please make sure there is something there of interest to a wider audience.
- We do accept experimental formats, but please bear in mind that we are a primarily a short story magazine; we are looking for pieces with a strong narrative that are designed to be read. We do not accept poetry, or work designed to be performed. Donald Barthelme would definitely have made the magazine, but a poem by T. S. Eliot, a song by Lennon/McCartney, or a script by David Lynch would not.
- We like genre fiction, but we don‘t like reading the same story over and over again. Try to make it fresh and well written, as anything relies solely on the standard tropes and stock characters will not make it through our stringent vetting process.
- We will start including an editorial process from Issue 3 onwards. We found that for the first issue there were a number of stories that we liked but could have benefited from a bit of editing; minor things that could be amended with a bit more time between submission deadline and announcing the shortlist.
- We would like author biographies and author photos. There’s no set format though we would want to restrict the bios a bit; anything more than two hundred words would be too much. This isn’t mandatory so, if you want to remain mysterious, that’s fine. We guarantee this will not affect the shortlisting process.