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November 01, 2005

Last Day for Subterranean Submissions!

To all and sundry who are sending me mildly anxious e-mails on the matter: Yes, I am accepting submissions for the Subterranean magazine cliche issue through 11:59:59 pm Eastern Standard Time, November 1st, 2005. So, presuming you read this entry before then, you still have time.

To answer the next question: Yes, I've been reading submissions, but no, I've not made any final decisions yet as to what's in and what's not. Folks who submitted earlier and those who submit later are on equal footing in terms of making the final cut. So don't panic that you're getting your submission in on the last day. 

Given that from the time I went to sleep until the time I woke up, about 100,000 words worth of submissions dropped into my e-mail box, I see that, like me, lots of other writers will wait until the last minute. Excellent. I'm curious to see how many I get between 11pm and midnight.

Type! my friends! Type!

Posted by john at November 1, 2005 07:30 AM

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Jim Winter | November 1, 2005 08:30 AM

It was surreal last night. I was furiously scribbling away on the outline for my NaNo project (what I ought to be doing instead of working... or blogrolling) while my wife was touching up her entry.

Last night was dueling shouts of "Quiet! I'm working!" going back and forth.

Jon | November 1, 2005 10:12 AM

I would be curious to learn the numbers on the submissions recieved. Rough estimates, of course.

Dean | November 1, 2005 11:20 AM

Me too. I think I guessed some outrageously high number on one of the submission guideline posts, but I'm too lazy to try to track it down.

Dean | November 1, 2005 11:25 AM

I'm not as lazy as I thought (and John provides an excellent search function). I guessed 438.

John Scalzi | November 1, 2005 11:40 AM

I remain mute on the total number of entries, except to say that Dean's estimation is not entirely out of line, and naturally I expect more by the end of the day.

Mark Siegal | November 1, 2005 02:52 PM

There should be a prize for being the very last valid submission. And that prize should be a personal rejection that says, "Just in time! You were the last valid submission. Alas, I'm rejecting you anyway."

Unless you happen to buy that last story. That would be prize enough.

Christopher Billett | November 1, 2005 03:07 PM

Crikey. I'm not liking my odds by the sound of it! Wouldn't it be nice if all the submissions that weren't mine could just _disappear_?
*waves a five pound note around*


RooK | November 1, 2005 05:25 PM

Careful Christopher, brandishing a couple kilograms of music could be taken as an aggressive act.

Bruce Arthurs | November 4, 2005 11:10 PM

Actually, if John got in the neighborhood of 400-500 submissions, the odds of acceptance are better than, say, ASIMOV'S or ANALOG (which, last I heard, receive about 800 submissions a month).

What I'm curious to know is how many cannibal stories John received. Back when I edited an anthology (COPPER STAR) for the '91 World Fantasy Convention, I received cannibal stories out the wazoo. Cannibals to the left of me! Cannibals to the right of me! Cannibals here! Cannibals there! Cannibals everywhere! I swear, it was almost enough to turn me into a vegan.

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