May 8th, 2007

Malibu headshot

Sporty's first "players" + targeting tips + interview

I've made the first three purchases for the Sporty Spec: Games of The Fantastic anthology, as follows:

Ruth Berman, "Dealing in Tarot," new poem.

Jo L. Gerrard, "Somewhere, the Sun is Shining," new story.

Marge Simon, "Ebonmadder's Run," poetry reprint (Space & Time, Spring 2000).

I've answered all submissions through May 3rd, and have sent out one additional acceptance, on which I'm still waiting to hear from the author.

Although it's still quite early, I'm noticing a lot of science fiction in the slush pile. This isn't to say you shouldn't send science fiction, but merely to point out that fantasy and supernatural horror are wide open (but with a sports or games theme, of course). I'd also like to see some female protagonists. Women play sports too--just sayin'. You'll really catch my eye by inventing a sport or game with female players in a fantasy setting.

I've consented to do an interview about the Sporty Spec anthology for Flash Fiction Flash. I wasn't aware of this newsletter for flash fiction writers, but it has almost 2000 subscribers:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlashFictionFlash/ 

The interviewer, John Young, has already sent me the questions, so I need to get cracking on those.

Soon I hope my brain patterns will return to normal, and I'll stop obsessing about this anthology. As if. ;-)