I’m pleased to announce that you all have already submitted 14 short stories and 2 novellas to Monsters & Mormons. Theric and I are, well, we are somewhat surprised and totally delighted and just a wee bit overwhelmed — this is really awesome, guys. Thanks so much.
We’re also ready to start reading, and depending on what the two of us can agree on and the scope/tone/craftsmanship of the stories that have come in, we may announce some early admits to the anthology at the end of summer. We don’t plan on announcing a whole slew of them, and there may be some that we agree should be accepted as soon as we read them in a week or two or five, but hold back on until we do the big reveal after the submissions deadline. And we may just abandon the whole early admit idea. But my hope is that there are 3 or 4 stories that really tie in well to the core vision of this project that we can admit early and (briefly) publicly describe in order to impart the flavor of Monsters & Mormons in a concrete way. Although again: we’re looking for a full range of works here, and we think we’ve presented a fairly broad scope within which to play.
Also please remember that submissions don’t close until Oct. 1 so there’s still plenty of time to get something ready to submit — even if you haven’t started writing yet. And we won’t be sending out final rejections and the bulk of the acceptances until after Oct. 31.
So thank you. Keep writing. And stay tuned for more updates as the weeks fly by.