I want to thank everyone who submitted for the fall issue. I have a few updates that need to be addressed.
First, my team did not anticipate such an overwhelming response to our first issue call for submissions. Not only did we get submissions from day one, but we continue to get at least 10 more submissions per day. For a new magazine just starting out, this is very impressive. I consider our magazine very lucky for having such dedicated writers be interested in The Dark Sire.
Originally, we anticipated the reading rate to be as little as 2 weeks. However, with so many submissions, it's impossible to get through them all -- with the level of dedication we prescribed for each piece -- in such a short time frame. Hence, our read times have changed to 3-4 months, with a maximimum of 6 months due to our qurterly publication schedule.
Second, it is with sadness that I inform you of our reading team's misfortune. For privacy sake, I will not use their names, but, our reading team is comprised of a husband-wife team. They were in an automobile accident recently and have been hospitalized. The husband is doing better and seems stable but the wife is still in critical condition. What this means is that the reading stopped.
As the editor, is now up to me to continue their work, reading all submissions myself. This has caused the reading time to seriously slow down. Instead of launching on September 1st, I have switched to a launch date of October 1. This will give me more time to finish the reading process AND design the layout of the magazine for publication.
Although the system that The Dark Sire had in place is currently paused, I am confident that our next quarter will resume as normal. I'm currently recruiting more readers to join my team for the Winter issue, so current problems should not persist.
And third, because we had such an overwhelming submission phase for our first issue, I will be working on designing our second issue simultaneously. That means that anyone not published in the Fall debut will still be considered for the Winter publication. With this in mind, if you haven't heard from us, don't despair. Your work may be in consideration for subsequent issues.
I'm now looking ahead to see where work can fit the best. I will only contact those who I wish to print. But, that desire may not be for another 3-6 months. Please be patient. Once I know for sure where I will put a selected work, I will contact you immediately.
If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact me directly via email or contact form.
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The Dark Forest
A blog for The Dark Sire, written by Eric Ruark. Look for interviews, genre-related articles, book reviews, writing tips, and much more every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am (EST).