open door submissions for novels

So this week, I found two places that are accepting unpublished novels (slush basically) for a short period of time.  Both of them want about 50 pages of a novel from any author who wants their novel read by a big-time publisher.  I think these are great opportunities for those of us in SF/F.  So here they are:

Gollancz UK publisher

Angry Robot USA publisher

I’m not certain I will go for it, though. I don’t want to send my novel off until I’m ready. I don’t have the 80k finished level and it’s not polished as yet.  But it is tempting!

Like my old friend the tomcat KittyCat or Quonsi as his owners call him, I have to assess our chances of getting good things from each hunting expedition.  Not entirely certain that being in a veritable mountain of slush novel submissions is the best presentation for me…

cat from larch

 

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Submissions

Source: Submissions

One of the most venerable markets in Cdn science fiction and fantasy is open to submissions again! On Spec 2016 here we come!

Today in Kerrisdale, Vancouver ~ the first snowdrops

ssnowdrop

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December 18, 2015

Enjoying my WOTF badges! It helps me to feel like a creative writer when Corporate Job makes me feel like a technical person.

Plans for the Christmas break include trying to get back into my novel and also writing a pitch up for the Women In Film Horror script contest More on that at: Women in Film (Canada) genre writing contest.

HONORABLE MENTION

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December 2015

My beautiful picture

Bill Pochylko, Stettler, AB 1950s.

Recently received another SF award! The story Steamer Plane, is a Writers of the Future, Honourable Mention 4th Quarter, 2015.

It’s always great to get this in an email:

Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the 4th quarter. (entry between 1 July through 30 September 2015).

OTOH: Strange Horizons had one of my stories for nearly 6 months and sent me an ‘oops, it must have gotten lost in the email’ response complete with copy of email, carefully undated.

Sometimes you’re winning, with a hot car in a daring color, driving down Main Street – thanks WOTF – and sometimes you’re not…(the other guys).

This is my 2nd WOTF win this year: Absinthe Kind won

Honorable Mention for the 3rd quarter of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. (entry between 1 April and 30 June 2015).

I always wonder if I qualify, but then I decide that I do because all of my short story sales have been to non-pro markets.  And that pesky novel isn’t even done yet, let alone sold!

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The 1950s picture is from Dad’s collection Bill Pochylko, Stettler, Alberta. He’s  driving past Thirsk’s 5 to Dollar Store.

 

 

 

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September 2015 VCON cometh

As usual, I’ve been busy.  Going to appear at VCON 2015 on some writing related panels. VCON is always a good time. This year’s writer Guest of Honour is Joe Haldeman, famous for The Forever War among other books.  

To find out about the con go to http://www.vcon.ca

For more on Joe Haldeman, see http://www.joehaldeman.com

Con prep, around our house consists of rereading Haldeman, making costume for J. and reading Aurora Awards nominees. 

For info on the Aurora Awards, see http://www.prixaurorawards.ca

 

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August 2015

I’ve been very busy this summer. Currently have six short stories done and making the rounds of varied science fiction and fantasy publishers. Plus I’ve sent some poems out, too.

TV writing this year started with a spec script for agents to look at. Also, I’ve been working with another TV writer on a new SF TV series idea. 

The novel has been restarted & I’m up a few hundred words. Mostly, I’m thinking about how to tackle the ending. Plus, I’ve been reading about the process.

A while ago, I purchased a great Story Bundle all about writing from the StoryBundle site. These included works by Douglas Smith, Laura Resnick and Dean Wesley Smith. I really enjoyed reading these plus they’ve given me some good advice.

  

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May 20, 2015 Post Dance Competitions!

Woot! Three weeks of dance competitions and Jessica did terrifically! Here she is doing an aerial!  I thoroughly enjoy my time watching her and being a laid-back and not fussy dance mum.

It’s time for me to find that new agent.  I’ve got a spec script that I want sold!  Plus, I feel like I can do the other scripts in my head now.  So watch this space for more on that!

Aerial!

Aerial!

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