Cool beans. So this is a new editorial gig for you beyond Prime?
Yes. It was a side-result of the controversy over another Mammoth anthology.
It was a side-result of the controversy over another Mammoth anthology.
Hmmm ... does that mean that you are primarily wishing for submissions from females and/or PoC or is this still open to all but you are going to try to balance the ToC across gender/race?
Either way good luck with this, I may even attempt to get something worthy written up by the deadline.
I would hope that he's going to choose the best stories. Personally, I think the best way to deal with it is to use Roby James' method...strip the names off the stories before reading them.
Two questions: a) how soon after the deadline are you planning to notify the authors whose work is accepted? Since you are not sending out rejections, and I guess you don't want simsubs, I'd like to know this in order to figure out the timetable. b) what is the length limit for submissions, and what is your desirable length?
I've fixed the wording, as I cluelessly copied another Mammoth solictation and didn't read it closely enough. I'd send out acceptances and rejections, pretty quickly.
The length limit, well, can go up to twenty thousand words, but frankly that might be a hard-sell at that length. I'd be more likely to look at two to eight thousand words, as being easier to slip in.
Oh, great, excellent on the rejections issue. I'd rather receive a form rejection than nothing at all.
Agreed. When you just hear crickets it's a bit depressing.
On that note, is there anything you haven't seen yet in your submissions that you'd like to see? I have a hard time with open-ended story requests, I need something to latch onto and write about. Like: if you have 20 stories that take place in the UK, you could tell me to write about the American West. Do you have stories with strong female protagonists? Are they all Caucasian people? Would you love to see something more action-adventure or something more mystery-oriented?
Feel free to email me rather than respond here, my email is sarahpanda at gmail dot com (and here's my website, www.sarahhans.com) (/shameless plug)
I'm wondering this as well. I'd love to submit something new, but I saw in the reprint list that there's already stuff from international steampunk for you to pick and choose from. What counts as "usual or unoriginal"?
What would you say is your floor of lowest word count you will accept?
Might be time for me to revisit that necromancer-with-science during the Mexican Revolution story.
Hello. A clarification, if you don't mind.
It's probably a silly question, but since most Stempunk I've read is set to a Victorian-type world, would other settings/periods be acceptable?
This looks like an excellent project. If I was a writer, I'd happily contribute—but as I am not, may I say that I hope G.D. Falksen makes it in.
Very cool I'll spread the word. If you require any photographic accompaniment let me know. :)
I really must direct you to the work of G. D. Falksen - he's one of the best Steampunk writers working today, and as one of his preferred formats is short stories, he's perfect for a collection book like this.
Are you accepting multiple submissions?
I hope G. D. Falksen would be included he's one of the best Steampunk writers out there!
will you look at translated stories too? i'm asking this because we're about to publish an anthology of original steampunk stories with Romanian settings...
Is there an upper word count limit?
How strict is the deadline from an international perspective? Is the cut-off 11:59pm in the time zone where you're located (if so, may I ask what time zone that is?) or is there some leeway as long as submissions are received in the next 24hrs?
just interested in when you are likely to finalise the acceptance/rejection notifications.
2011-04-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
Acceptances & Rejections
I'd also like to know when acceptance and rejection notices are going to be sent out. The deadline for submissions was April 1st, so I'm just curious because it's almost May. Any info would be helpful!
2011-05-02 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: Acceptances & Rejections
Indeed. It was stated that they would be sent out soon after. I'm sure you received a bunch of submissions, but any kind of update would be appreciated (even if just to say that there's a lot that you're still going through). Thanks.
There's still a lot I'm going through, yes. I should be done with it all this week.
2011-05-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
Personally, I am amazed you are getting through it this quickly; you had to have received an insane amount of submissions, just based on the number different sources I received the notice from, let alone what was posted on the net. And that's not even taking into account the reprint submissions! Having edited anthologies, I heartily empathize.
Thanks for taking the time to respond here and letting us know an end is in sight :)
To everyone wondering why we haven't heard anything yet...I personally feel your pain, believe me, but be glad you haven't had any news, it means you weren't rejected right off the bat! LOL