Right, so, acceptances and rejections for A GRIMOIRE OF ELDRITCH - TopicsExpress


Right, so, acceptances and rejections for A GRIMOIRE OF ELDRITCH INQUESTS will be going out in the next day or two. Right off the bat, let me say this...if you got a rejection, it was not--I repeat NOT--because we didnt like your story. In point of fact, I liked almost every story we were sent. Those were some high quality submissions, and I want to thank each and every person who took the time to send one in. That said, we had to turn away quite a few. If you were in the that group, your story didnt make the cut for one of a number of possible reasons: *It wasnt an occult detective story. There was no investigation, no detective, no crime, etc. We got less of these than I feared, but more than I hoped. Monster-hunters and occult detectives arent interchangeable, though they share certain similarities, and characters can certainly be both. But we wanted some investigation, even if it was just as a prelude to violence. Offhand, I know of at least three awesome stories that I had to reject for this reason. *It was too much like a story wed already decided to accept, either in theme, setting or genre. For instance, a third of the stories we were sent were steampunk stories. A good number of the rest involved Scotland Yard detectives in Victorian London. They were all great. Unfortunately, its neither a steampunk nor a Victorian-themed anthology, so we had to make some hard choices. *The ending. A significant number of the submissions ended in the same way...the protagonist(s) discover that a monster/cult/witch is behind the crime they are investigating, and are then killed/eaten by said monster/cult/witch. We decided early on to only accept a certain number of stories with this ending, because they tend to unfold along similar lines. After the tenth or eleventh one, the shock wears off, both for your humble editors and the reader. All in all, however, as I stated above, we were quite pleased with the high quality of the submissions. There wasnt a bad story in the bunch, and it took some agonizing and arguing to make the final round of picks. Speaking for myself, I learned quite a bit from the experience, and I hope folks enjoy the final line-up for a GRIMOIRE OF ELDRITCH INQUESTS.
Posted on: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 09:02:03 +0000

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