Friday, January 25, 2008

Tips from the December Submissions...

  • No...science...fiction.

  • We want to experience terror from the stories - not suffer nightmares from the grammar. Line edit, proofread, line edit some more, proofread. Repeat until verb tenses agree, the punctuation doesn't upstage your characters, and sentences enjoy self-actualization.

  • The stories that are blowing our socks off are the ones with a strong sense of setting and mood. Avoid the clich├ęd gay bar scene unless you possess the extraordinary talent to bring something mind-numbingly unique to the table.

  • Subtle endings are fine if executed well. Watch for endings that fall flat or take the action from 60 mph to a complete halt within the span of mere sentences.

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