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October 14th, 2009

Jim Hines Tackles Gender Imbalance with a Question [Oct. 14th, 2009|06:48 am]
"I came across a post yesterday telling folks who complain about the lack of gender/racial/etc. balance in anthologies and ‘zines to shut the hell up.  The author has since removed the post and apologized, but the whole thing got me thinking and trying to understand where this reaction comes from . . . If you tell me editors can only buy the stories that are submitted, and only white men are submitting to you for your project, then I’ve got to ask why that is. Places like Strange Horizons and Fantasy Magazine have made conscious efforts to broaden their range of authors, and that’s paid off. Why do you think these other authors are avoiding you and your publication?"—Jim Hines
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WTF: "An editor can only choose from submitted stories." [Oct. 14th, 2009|07:57 am]
"An editor can only choose from submitted stories."  This is an excuse often offered by some editors, alas, but it's problematic as it shifts the blame from the editor to the author. It's not the first (or last, I'm sure) time I've heard an editor blame women (or poc)  for their inability to submit in sufficient numbers to a venue . . . which is simply distasteful, and offensive. There are certainly ways of  making for a better slush, and it's called outreach . . . which goes back to the original question, in the previous post, why aren't women submitting to those venues?

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A Ramsey Campbell blurb for: Northwest Passages, by Barbara Roden [Oct. 14th, 2009|09:29 am]
As an editor Barbara Roden has always borne the torch for the classical ghost story, and in Northwest Passages she demonstrates that as a writer she is just as much an asset to her field. Sensitively and stylishly written, these tales convey that frisson of spectral terror that the aficionado always seeks but too seldom finds. They have all the strengths of their tradition, which Barbara Roden brings gracefully up to date."
—Ramsey Campbell
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Acceptances: Fantasy Magazine [Oct. 14th, 2009|03:38 pm]
14 October 2009: "Mademoiselle and the Chevalier" by Mari Ness, 5000 words
14 October 2009: "The Stable Master's Tale" by Rachel Swirksy, 4900 words
13 October 2009: "Stone Flowers" by Aidan Doyle, 1000 words
10 October 2009: "Stem, Stone, and Bone" by Deb Taber, 4200 words
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