By Rhonda Parrish.
I think that sums up what it's been like to read the submissions for Fae just about perfectly. You know, I've been reading submissions and communicating with their authors for nearly seven years now and in those seven years I have rarely come across as remarkable a set of submissions (and submitters). I said on twitter:
At the risk of jinxing myself -- everyone I've dealt with in regard to #FaeAnthology (even those whose work I passed on) has been phenomenal
— Rhonda Parrish (@RhondaParrish) December 31, 2013
And that wasn't just empty words or silly flattery. It was 100% completely true. To everyone who submitted to Fae, thank you. Thank you for offering me the privilege of reading and considering your work and thank you for being awesome.
As we move into the next stage of creating this anthology I thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the statistics for the Fae submissions. Don't worry, these are just going to be numbers, there will be nothing which will identify anyone or their story.
I received a total of 188 story submissions over the three months we were open, two stories before we were open, and one after submissions were closed. Of those 191 submissions, two of them weren't for the anthology (they were intended for the Krampus Anthology). I requested rewrites on three submissions and shortlisted 39, nine of which were starred. I 'starred' a story when I was 99.9% certain I was going to buy it. As it turns out one of those nine starred stories, while amazing, just wasn't a good fit for the other stories I accepted and I had to pass on it after all.
In the end, from 191 story submissions, I ended up buying sixteen.
And what a sixteen.
You are going to be blown away when you read these stories. I'd love to tell you about them, in fact, I started to and had to delete it because, really, that's a subject for another day. :)
Total submissions: 191
Came after deadline: 1
Krampus submissions: 2
Passed on after first read: 149
Rewrites requested: 3
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief ofNiteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com
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