June 1st is a momentous day. The day Marilyn Monroe, Alanis Morrisette, Bob Monkhouse, Heidi Klum and Morgan Freeman were born; the day Yves Saint Laurent died, and International Children’s Day. We hope it’s hot but not too hot, dry but not too dry, and happy but not exhaustingly so wherever you happen to be.
June 1st also heralds our goodbye issue – of sorts. But don’t panic! Issue 8 will be our last issue using the old format of drop down lists, then Issue 9 (due out 1st September from an internet connection near you!) will be in a fancy, funky, fun new format we’re sure you’ll love.
While Issue 8 contains Honourable Mentions from our recent Short Story competition, flash fiction and long-enough-to-munch-a-brownie-over-as-you-read stories (try not to let the crumbs jam up your keyboard), Issue 9 will contain all that AND MORE!
Yes, dear readers, a whole lot more! As well as requiring submissions of your very best flash (up to 1,000 words) and fiction (up to 3,000 words), we are now open to submissions of your very best nonfiction (up to 3,000 words), reviews (up to 1,000 words), comic/graphic art/cover art/illustrations and photography.
You bet your socks!
And there’s something else…
As writers ourselves, we know how much feedback matters. We know rejections aren’t equal; some sting more than others, some are nearly as exciting to receive as an acceptance (not quite, but almost), and some leave you thinking ‘huh?’. So our new policy is: if your work hasn’t made it into SIR this time (and we do hope you’ll try again) we will include some of our comments from the selection process. You don’t have to read them, you may not agree with them, they still might make you go ‘huh?’ and that’s fair enough – just because a piece isn’t right for us doesn’t mean it won’t be published somewhere else, indeed, we hope it is, and if we can suggest somewhere that might like it, we’ll try – but apart from this glimpse into the mechanics of SIR we unfortunately cannot get into a discussion about the whys and wherefores of a ‘no’.
But let’s hope it’s a ‘yes’, yes? Because remember – we’re rooting for each and every submission that pops in our inbox. And we want to see something from YOU! Submit now using Submittable.
And don’t forget! Closing 31 May: 2012 Spilling ink Short Story Prize with Guest Judge Richard Beard.