News: It's That Time Again

Monday, December 13, 2010

June 1st 2011

Much as we love being so popular with writers and artists from all over the world, we don't have the room to do all their contributions justice. Over 1200 submissions in four months won't go into a magazine that publishes two two-hundred page issues a year. We know. We've tried.

GUD's upcoming issues are:

Issue 7 (due Winter 2010/11)
Issue 8 (due Summer 2011)
Issue 9 (due Winter 2011/12)

At present we have over 400 items in slush--enough to fill those three issues twice over with a few issues to spare. Of those 400, most have been looked at by at least one editor, and many by more than one, but we still need a little more time to decide which will make it into forthcoming issues. Issue 7 is almost full already. Acceptances are going out to contributors and digital contracts will follow shortly.

As Issue 7 Instigator Julia Bernd says:

"We've got a wonderful and varied selection of writing for Issue 7, and we're tying up loose ends and filling in the nooks and crannies with beautiful art. (Not that we think art is secondary, but -- at least for some editors -- it needs to be balanced and considered separately from the text pieces in fitting together the overall feel of an issue.) The search for a cover is almost done; I've trawled through hundreds of pieces of art, done a couple of dozen mock-ups, and inflicted endless lists of possibilities on the other editors for comment. We're trying to find something that's eye-catching and artistically exciting, that will represent what's in the issue and show people what GUD is all about... It's not easy! But we're almost there."

Acceptances are also going out for Issue 8, although Instigator Sue Miller still has a lot of slush reading to do. When the Issue 9 Instigator was last heard from, he only mumbled something and ran for his flight.

Therefore, we're afraid it's that time again--GUD Magazine is going to close to submissions.

Look on the bright side. Closing to submissions will give GUD more time to work on those forthcoming issues. Closing to submissions improves the chances that we'll respond to your submission in a reasonable time. Our closing to submissions means we won't have to suffer further agonies of choice among great work that we simply can't fit in.

Finally, let's face it, it'll give some of those other magazines a chance ;D.

We're looking to re-open on June 1st, 2011, in case we don't have enough wonderful pieces to fill Issue 9, and because, by then, we may have Issue 10 (Summer 2012) to worry about. GUD going into double figures? Sooner than you think :).

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posted by Debbie

5 comments; 4 subscribers

Thursday, December 16, 2010 / 01:23:36
I think closing and opening to submissions is a good idea. I'm very happy to submit to a market that manages submissions this way.
Thursday, December 16, 2010 / 09:23:58
Thanks :).
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 / 17:06:38
Would you say it's a good thing to submit/withdraw, submit/withdraw a story 4-5 times?

Thursday, January 6, 2011 / 04:07:22
I think you know the answer to that one, Matt!
Thursday, January 6, 2011 / 21:53:51
I'm done.


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