I just wanted to share an anecdote about a market I submitted to. I won’t name names because I think (and hope) that they’re trying to address their problems now. But I submitted a story to this market back in June of 2009. Months went by without hearing back from them, and I queried them three times, using whatever emails I could find (since the main email address wasn’t producing a response). Eventually I withdrew the story after more than a year had passed. I know, I know – that’s too long. But I didn’t have many other markets that I was going to send it to and I thought it was a good fit.
Last week I heard, finally, from the editor saying that I should have received a response last year.
The actual rejection arrived this morning. As if it had just been written. Final elapsed time was 585 days.
I understand that editors are busy and that sometimes things are a little crazy these days, but it boggles my mind a bit.
Last year I had the good fortune to be an Associate Editor for Sybil’s Garage, a small press genre fiction magazine that I greatly admire. The magazine has quickly established itself as a source for great fiction under the leadership of Matthew Kressel. So when I was asked if I wanted to be an editor again this year, I had to say yes.
The reading period opens on January 15 and the guidelines have changed slightly:
Sybil’s Garage publishes a wide variety of speculative fiction, including traditional science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as more atmospheric/slipstream stories. For issue no. 7 we seek to cast a wider net and encourage contributors to send us both atmospheric/slipstream stories as well as those with traditionally strong plots and characters.
We also will look at stories with little or no speculative element, but with speculative tendencies (e.g. weird but not-necessarily supernatural.)
In addition, we are very interested in seeing stories written by and/or including varied ethnicities, social classes, and nationalities. We’d like to see more stories featuring under-utilized cultures and settings as well. Our editors and readers represent a variety of backgrounds and we’re always working to ensure that our publication reflects that as well.
Please send us your best work.
Full guidelines can be found here.