Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Submissions are now CLOSED for "Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations"

Submissions are now CLOSED for "Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations"

Whew! I have just finished logging in all submissions and confirming receipt to authors.

It will take me a few weeks, but I will read everything and respond to submitters as I can. I will issue rejections right away and save stories with potential for my final "short list", from which to make acceptances before the end of November.

FINAL COUNT: I received 204 submissions, over 50 of which arrived within the last two weeks! A few stories come from the same author, meaning I rejected a story early on and they later resubmitted a new tale for consideration.

The average word count for all submissions is 4,469 with a range between 850 words up to 15,100.

Thus, I will have read well over 900,000 words by the time of final selection (or more than nine full-length novels).

I received submissions from 23 countries, including representation from each of the six "major" continents (i.e. all but Antarctica).

I am still estimating this project to be on schedule with a publication date of approximately the end of March, 2012.

Thank you to all submitters and I will be in contact with each of you!

Warm regards,



  1. WOW, that's a lot to read. You certainly have your work cut out for you. And that's also a lot of competition... oh dear. Amazing how many countries submitted (no submissions from Antarctica!? Hahaha).

    I love how you've kept everyone updated through this blog, and even if I don't make it in, I'll still want to check this out when it's published. :)

  2. My thoughts, exactly, Eric. Even if my story doesn't make it into the final batch, I'm interested in seeing the anthology.

  3. I have also been really impressed by the transparency of your system and I am looking forward to this anthology's release. Enjoy reading!

  4. Thanks - I find that even worse than a story's rejection is just "not knowing" the status or reason or what happened to something I sent in.

  5. So many rejections lately. I can't seem to catch a win. I think the worst part is waiting 4 months for a response.

  6. I empathize how you feel. As a struggling writer myself, I know how frustrating it is to receive multiple rejections. As I mentioned in my e-mail, I really did enjoy your story. I am just limited on space. All I can say is that you have a great future ahead - keep at it!

  7. Sorry if any of my annoyance seemed directed at you. I understand you had to cut a bunch of stories, and I really appreciate your encouragement. I'm glad you liked the story, anyway.


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