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Strange Horizons: First Reading Period Redux
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As of today, I've responded to all poetry submissions sent to Strange Horizons during the month of September. I'm pleased to say that I saw just under 200 submissions (as expected) and that the decision-making was challenging in the best of ways. I'd like to start a tradition similar to the one that mattkressel established while reading submissions for Sybil's Garage, i.e. listing the titles of the pieces I've accepted during a given month along with the poets' names so that readers can look out for them in the weeks and months to come, as I'm incredibly excited about the first works I've had the privilege to accept for the publication. The poems and poets are, in no particular order:


"Air On a G String," by Jude Cowan Montague

"Maidenhead," by Adriana Tosun

"Wolf Daughter," by Sara Norja

"Again, Pygmalion," by Stella Nickerson

"Heat and Sainthood," by Crystal Hoffman

"A Modern Prometheus," by Lynette Mejía

"Castle Csejthe (Bathory)," by Jennifer Ruth Jackson


I'm also pleased that, as it turns out, none of these poets have ever been published in Strange Horizons before (in fact, a couple of them have never had poetry published before at all). Thanks to every one of you who submitted during the month of September, and I look forward to reading your verse again when December rolls around!

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I've long felt your real strength lies in prose, and while it's always wonderful to see your explorations in poetry, I'm absolutely thrilled that you've sold a short story!

Sounds as thought it has been a whirlwind for you - but the good sort;)

Congratulations everyone!

The good sort in that I hit a steep learning curve and managed to keep up with it, or at least I hope I did! My next month on duty is likely to see less of a flood, as everyone has so much else to worry about in December than at most other times of the year. It'll be nice to choose more poems in my birthday-month, though. I always did like the hobbit tradition of giving gifts to others on one's birthday!

How do you submit? Might gather up some courage and read too much Coleridge before I do anything though.

Submission guidelines are here. It differs depending on whether you want to send poetry, fiction, or non-fiction, so click on the relevant link. This month, poetry submissions are being read by my co-editor Romie, in November, they're being read by my co-editor Sonya, and then in December it's back to me.

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