October 27, 28, 29 2017

Blind Submission

A Live 'Slush' Pile

Want some immediate feedback on how several editors react to your work? Here's your chance.

For this program, there will be a panel of editors as well as a designated reader. The reader will begin reading a submitted piece. If, during the reading, three editors on the panel raise their hand to signal they would stop at this point and reject the manuscript, the reader will stop and the editors explain what would make them reject the piece. The editors who didn't raise their hands can explain why they were willing to keep reading. If the reader reaches the end of the submission without three editors rejecting it, the panel will talk about what they liked (or disliked), and the author is given a chance to stand and be recognized and celebrated by the room.

If you would like to submit your work for the panel, send the first page of your unpublished short story or novel (about 250 words) as a Word document to by September 1st. Include your name and the genre you consider your piece to fall in -- e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, steampunk/weird western, young adult.

Note: There will definitely be one Blind Submission panel. However, depending on the amount of interest and number of submissions, more than one session may be scheduled. In that case, the different sessions will cover different genres. Time permitting, additional submissions may be accepted at the panel(s).