Monsters & Mormons: June progress update

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.

10 thoughts on “Monsters & Mormons: June progress update”

  1. Forget it TOTAL Nathan. This may only light the fire under my fingertips. I’m pleased to hear this is attracting quick attention. Hope its all good stuff.

  2. You know you would have had a better chance of making the cut TOTAL-N, if you hadn’t submitted a story about a Rainbow Brite doll terrorizing a Sister Missionary whose last name just happens to be be Brewster. I mean, come on. At least do a Saved by the Bell reference.

  3. Off-topic Mormon book news.
    Glenn Beck’s political thriller The Overton Window comes out this week. Sure to be a best seller.

    Most of the actual writing appears to have been done by Jack Henderson (a author of thrillers), Kevin Balfe (co-wrote Beck’s earlier fiction and non-fiction books), and Emily Bestler (a publisher). In a USA Today profile Beck explained his team approach to writing, “There’s clearly no way that I’m sitting behind a typewriter or word program and pounding this out. … I have my vision and need someone to make sure that vision stays there.” Co-author Balfe said, “Glenn has a three-hour radio show every morning. That’s obviously 100% Glenn. But if you wanted to translate that into a book, you could take those transcripts. But then, someone has to go in and make it sound good to read in that format. And that’s the way I describe the writing. It’s all Glenn, but you’ve got to have the right thriller technique,” which is where the contributors come in.

    One significant review so far, at the Washington Post, which is at least as much a criticism of the politics than the writing quality.
    “The success of Glenn Beck’s novel, “The Overton Window,” will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in (considerable), but rather by the rebelliousness it incites among anti-government extremists. . . Thrillers often are marred by laughable prose, but few have stumbled along with language as silly as this one. When Gardner’s son, Noah, meets patriot Molly Ross early in the novel, Beck writes: “Something about this woman defied a traditional chick-at-a-glance inventory.” It gets worse: When Noah notices that a few strands of Molly’s hair have fallen out of place, Beck tells us, “these liberated chestnut curls framed a handsome face made twice as radiant by the mysteries surely waiting just behind those light green eyes.” The suspense of “The Overton Window” comes largely from wondering when the thrills will begin. There’s the obligatory prologue murder, but then the pulse of this novel flatlines. In place of thrills, we get entire chapters in which characters lecture on the rightness of their viewpoints. . . . The Overton Window” risks falling into the tradition of other anti-government novels such as “The Turner Diaries” by William L. Pierce, which became a handbook of extremists and inspired Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995.”

  4. “Team approach” to writing? So irritating. Well, its irritating that he does zero writing and gets authorship credit. But Beck specializes in irritating, doesn’t he? Maybe there’s a monster story in this after all…

  5. But Beck specializes in irritating, doesn’t he?

    Maybe to you.

    Team writing: It’s called subcontracting. It happens everywhere. I have no more disdain for it than I do any other subcontract arrangement. Patterson does it. I *believe* Danielle Steel’s been doing it for years. Basically it’s work-for-hire that’s credited. The horrors.

    The problem here is that it appears Beck’s writer caught his vision, but then didn’t execute it very well.

  6. Will you be accepting submissions through the 31st or will they end on oct 1st? I just found out about the anthology last month and the extra time would be great.

  7. I apologize — there was an error in this post which I just corrected. Submissions do close Oct. 1 and NOT Oct. 31. However, if you really are serious about submitting something, noband, you get an extension because I goofed up — you have until Oct. 25. However, you need to e-mail us your real name and reference this comment from the e-mail address you input when you left it so that we can verify that you’re the one who is getting the extension. And you should do that shortly before Oct. 1. Does that make sense?

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