October 19th, 2006

Oujia Board

More from the TEoP slush pile...

Here is the whole email (names changed to protect the guilty):

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Ms. Brozek:

My story, [STORY TITLE], is 7, 100 words. Would you be interested in taking a look at it anyway?

J. DOE

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Umm? Huh? Based on what? I've failed every mind reading and seer class I've ever taken. Note to self: Add comments to the Call for Submissions page on reading TEoP for theme and to please send a short synopsis with all queries.

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Hello,

Usually, queries have a short synopsis of what the story is about. I cannot make a call other than "No thanks." without that information. Please send me a 1-2 paragraph summary of your story.

Thank you,
Jennifer Brozek
Editor, The Edge of Propinquity

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TEoP Slushpile Scorecard

  • 25 total submissions

  • 10 total submissions read
  • 06 total immediate rejections (Including the devil at the end of time story)
  • 03 total submissions kept for rereads (maybe reactions)
  • 01 immediate "Yes!" reaction. (Turned out to come from a Grants Pass author. Figures. Good authors continue to write well.)

  • 15 submissions to go.

    Oh, and after emailing with the author who queried, I told her that her story did not fit the theme of TEoP and that I specifically stated "no alternate dimension" stories.

    Her response? Thank you for getting right back to me! I hadn't thought of it as an alternate dimension story, but I suppose it is. (She enters it through a tree, btw; and honestly, I had never categorized it rather than as fantasy.) Now I've got the synopsis for my SF/fantasy bibliography anyway. Thanks!

    ...

    *looks at my guidelines again*

    I'm beginning to get very grumpy about this slushpile business. Thank goodness I got a great story that was interesting, on theme and on genre.