Managing Co-Editor Cat here, with a few words regarding this upcoming Thursday:
It seems we’ve reached the final stretch for submissions! Only six days remain in the window of opportunity to get your work on the shortlist of what might become Issue Two of Embodied Effigies!
Now that that bit of dramatic dialogue is out of the way, let’s get down to business. We’re reading all this wonderful work, these words of power and pain, and we’re going to try our damnedest to get responses out to all the contributors in the days following our submission period’s end.
Remember, though, our submission manager is open year-round, so if your work doesn’t get in right at the deadline, there’s still a chance we might put that work forward to Issue Three.
Personally speaking, I’ve read every single one of the pieces we’ve received, and I’ve loved a great deal of them. All I can say at this point is that I hope you all keep writing, keep telling the truth (or the true lies), and keep those words flowing onto all the pages you can manage.
We’re coming up on the middle of November, the middle of National Novel Writing Month, the middle of No Shave November (“Movember”), the middle of the 11th month… But that’s no reason to stop now!
I don’t know what I’m trying to motivate you all to do. I just thought it seemed like a good idea at the time to start in with a fantastic pep talk.
Right, though, I did mention getting down to business: We’ll be getting those response letters out before long, letting all our contributors know if they’re in or not for this issue. We want you all to bear with us, though, because we don’t really like the form letter idea that submittable makes so easy to use, so we’ll take a little time, as much as we can, to let you know why we decided to accept or decline your work. Mostly, our acceptance letters will say something along the lines of “We love it! You’re awesome and you know it. Clap your hands.” They will be short, they will be sweet.
The longer letters, we want to help improve the writing or at least let you know why your equally-excellent words just weren’t quite the right fit for our magazine.
And we know, you may be thinking, “Who are you to put together a magazine and judge our work and say yes or no?”
To that, we say, “Read our About page, please. And you submitted, so you must think our opinions matter in some way. We just hope they do, we need your validation (which you gave… and, well, y’know, finders-keepers).”
Anyway, get that creative nonfiction writing submitted and we will read and read until our eyes are all blurry from staring at a screen too long!
Thanks for your patience, in the meantime.