Hello to our Alberta friends and readers. Just a note to remind you that the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, of which On Spec is a proud member, is running a promotion to introduce people to the variety of great magazines being published in Alberta.
If you are interested, a group of SFF magazine editors from the US and Canada are starting up a regular ASK THE EDITORS Zoom session in the new year. Editors from On Spec plan to participate as time goes on.
You can get more information from the following links. There will be a cap on session participants to ensure people can get their questions answered.
Now the work begins. Final count of submissions for 2022 is 160 poems and 602 short stories! Our first readers are hard at work, and we’d love to give some writers a nice Christmas present. Thanks to everyone who sent us their babies to read. We have nothing but respect for you!
By the way, speaking of Christmas presents, remember that we love our subscribers too, and it is gift-giving season. If everyone who follows us finds at least one person on their gift list for an On Spec subscription, we’d be absolutely thrilled.
We don’t often publish works in the horror genre, so it is gratifying to see when the stories we publish get noticed. Ellen Datlow, editor of the annual “Best Horror of the Year” anthology, just posted her long list of stories that deserve notice.
Two of On Spec’s authors made the grade this year!
Congratulations to :
Michael Harris Cohen “I Pay You”, On Spec #118
James Edward O’Brien “A Meriwether Jacket” On Spec #118
Just a reminder to writers looking to submit a story to On Spec. Our submission deadline is November 30. After that we get to work and read everything that has come in. From the look of things, that is upwards of 500 stories and about 200 poems, assigned to a handful of first readers. You can imagine that our response time will be a bit slow, but we do want to find the best work possible.
Please give us some time before you inquire about your submission.
On Spec has a number of Twitter followers, and they will see this message in their Twitter feed. Right now, we don’t know if the rumours of the impending death of Twitter are “greatly exaggerated” or if this is a change in the space-time continuum that we ought to have anticipated. In any event, we don’t want to lose any followers, but it will be up to you if you want to keep getting On Spec news.
On the left side of the On Spec home page you will see an opportunity to follow On Spec‘s updates by subscribing to this blog. Just voluntarily provide your email address and we do the rest. We don’t share the list with any other parties so you won’t get unwanted advertising or solicitations from being a subscriber to the On Spec blog.
We are certainly looking into the possibilities of establishing an On Spec presence on Mastodon or other social media platforms, but until then, we encourage our Twitter followers to check us out and follow us directly, especially if you intend to leave Twitter as many have already done.
The On Spec Editorial Team.
Here’s a reminder that now would be a really good time to add subscriptions to On Spec for the readers on your seasonal gift list. It’s a great gift that can be used and re-gifted by your friends and family! No waste!
If you have been waiting for us to accept new submissions of fiction and poetry, now is the time! The window closes November 30, and we suggest you do not leave things to the last minute. Visit this page for instructions.
Please note if you try to circumvent the process by sending your work to us as an email attachment, we will NOT read it.
It’s been a good long ride, but Barry Hammond has officially retired as a Poetry editor with On Spec. He will be missed. When we first started out, Barry was also a fiction editor. His meticulous and thorough hand-written notes to summarize the slush pile stories and make comments were extremely helpful to all of us on our Fight Nights, especially when we totally forgot what a story was actually about!
Barry has retired from his day job too, and we wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life. Thanks, Barry, from everyone at On Spec, and from our readers for the past 30+ years!