There are now two months left until the deadline for submissions to “Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia.” I’ve already had a truckload of submissions. To be honest, many have been quite good. Most submitters have followed the guidelines and sent in stories that were appropriate to the tone, setting, and content I’ve been looking for. I’ve received about 50 stories so far, out of that, I’ve short listed less than ten. Not all these submission may make it into the final cut, but they do set a pretty high standard for those who are still working on their stories.
I’m reading and rejecting stories as they come in. If you’ve already sent in your submission and haven’t received a response in more than 20 days, contact me to make sure you story didn’t get lost the spam folder by mistake. I’m trying to write a personal response to all submitters, but to be honest, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to do that as stories are arriving faster and more numerous as the deadline approaches.
After June 30th, I’ll continue to cut down the short list and send out rejections, until the table of contents is finalized. I’m hoping to have the final stories selected before July 20th. After that, I’ll send out the acceptances to the twelve authors whose work was selected.
I hope this gives curious submitters a little insight into the process. Over the coming weeks, I’ve got some announcements concerning the cover art, book trailer, and more.
See y’all there…
Frank Larnerd – Editor