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Black Apples: Another Update

March 3rd, 2013

Yes, we’re still reading. Sorry for the wait! At this point all the submissions have been read and we have rejected about 4/5 of them. The reason for rejection varies, and does not always reflect the quality of the story. Some common reasons are:

~ It is not a fairytale, neither in a traditional or a modern way.
~ There is no princess, not even a princess-like creature.
~ It is fantasy: so much so that it is drowning the fairytale theme.
~ It is horror: so much so that it is drowning the fairytale theme.
~ It is parody or pastiche, and we have decided that is wrong for this anthology.
~ It is “wrong dark” … I’ll leave it up to you to figure that one out…

As a result we have rejected quite a few stories that we actually liked – never easy… We’re very sorry that we cannot give all the authors a detailed explanation for the rejection.

Also: We have closed novel submission until further notice, so we can focus on wrapping up the anthology.

TOC coming sooner than you think. We can already tell it will be good!

Photo: Michelangelo Di Battista for Italian Vogue

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