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ROF: Open to Submissions

  • Oct. 16th, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Your first clue that we've reopened to submissions is the subject line that says we are open to submissions.  Your second clue that we've reopened to submissions is that I've broken out the old slushmaster icon to honor the occasion.  Your third clue is that I'm telling you've we've reopened to submissions.

So, yes.  Realms of Fantasy has reopened to submissions as of ...now. :)

I know my last post on this subject indicated that it would probably be a few more months before this happened, but I've never been part of the reopening of a major speculative magazine before.  My calculations were clearly imperfect.  I am sure you will all find it in your hearts to forgive me.  Anyway, until our website moves beyond its current placeholder format (no guesses on that, sorry), the only spot to find the latest version of the submission guidelines is here.  We've been open to art submissions for a while, but for artists, again, the place to find our art guidelines is here.     

Now that we've reopened to submissions, I imagine the number one question floating through the minds of those familiar with our slush process is when Shawna and I are going to do our next slush transfer.  I can't answer that at this time, sorry.  We're basically building the slush up from zero, and we're doing this via snail-mail as opposed to email submissions, so that does slow things down a bit.  How fast the submissions roll in and accumulate will dictate when our next slush transfer will happen and everything that follows before Shawna does her next buying round.

That said, I will confess that I've been secretly fearing getting buried in an avalanche of submissions all along.  If that happens, our next slush transfer will be sooner rather than later.  Now we shall see if these fears I've been nursing for some seven months (which have been growing with each month) are true.  Now, far be it from me to discourage anyone from submitting to the magazine.  Shawna and I are excited to open the editorial department once more.  We're looking forward to reading your stories.  But if the avalanche expectations are correct, do be warned that I wouldn't be at all surprised if competition this time around--not just in quantity, but also quality--is somewhat fiercer than usual.  Or maybe I'm wrong, we'll see.  I'll be curious to see how everything shakes out.

All right, I think that's everything.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask under comments.

Now go send us something! :)


chellebelle74 wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Squeeee!! Submission package hitting the mail in ...3 ...2 ...1
cathschaffstump wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, hooray!

temporus wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Exciting. Hope you aren't buried under too much slush, too quickly. But this is a great thing.
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My editorial fingers are crossed!
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Oct. 16th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
samhenderson wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wow - I'm torn between the desire to sub and the impulse to show you some mercy and not!
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Have no mercy! I am ruthless when going through the slush. Assuming there is an avalanche and your story is among them, there is your chance at payback if I've ever rejected you. ;)
ljgeoff wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Woot! No mercy!
melissajm wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hooray! ;D
ckastens wrote:
Oct. 16th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the flood!
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Perhaps I should have built an arc in anticipation.
mela_lyn wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
In this day and age, I would think an 'arc' would have to be many large data centers with trillions of bytes of storage space. Of course, if your contractor building the arc is good, I'm sure the electrical needs can be met on board.

(Strangely, I had a typo that made it say 'if your contractor building the arc is god'...)
douglascohen wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Perhaps the Big G is trying to tell you something ...
mela_lyn wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
:) As long as we're not expecting a great amount of rain, I'm willing to listen.
mela_lyn wrote:
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Oo... and I have a story almost ready. But don't worry. You won't know it's from me!! :)
ziocapra wrote:
Jan. 8th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Why ... please
... do you still require a hard copy from Canadians? From anyone for that matter? International postage both ways is extremely expensive for something that may not make the cut and for a poor struggling writer. What is the differentiation between a Canadian and an American submitting electronically? Just curious?
douglascohen wrote:
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: Why ... please
As of right now, yes, we require hard copy submissions from anyone interested in submitting to the magazine. However, if you read our guidelines more carefully you'll see that we're willing to respond to international authors via email.


Douglas Cohen

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