Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Submissions Update

According to our rough count, we received 468 stories over the course of our submission period. Even allowing for some double-counting due to rewrite requests and stories that needed to be re-sent, that's easily over 450 submissions. We're about three-quarters of the way through reading them, with 110 stories left before we can start making our final decisions.

Since we're going chronologically, we have now responded to all stories sent to us by December 10th. So if you sent a story on or before that date, you should have received a rejection, a hold request, a rewrite request, or an email telling you there was a problem with your submission and inviting you to correct the problem and submit again.

If you submitted a story before 11:59 PM Eastern on December 10th and did not receive a response from us, feel free to send a query to the editors email in the sidebar.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Submissions are now closed

Submissions have closed as of 12 am Eastern on December 26th. Thank you for all the great stories! We'll be reading them and letting you know which stories will make it in as soon as we can.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

We hope that you and yours are enjoying the day. As a reminder, Christmas is the last day to submit stories for Mysterion. That means that you have 24 hours to send us your stories.

Friday, December 18, 2015

One week left!

We want to remind everyone that there is only a week left before submissions for Mysterion close. Make sure to send us your stories by December 25th.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Submissions Progress

Remember, submissions close on December 25th. That's a little less than two weeks away. So if you're still planning to send us a submission, make sure to get it to us before the end of Christmas Day.

We have now responded to all stories sent to us by November 24th. So if you sent a story on or before that date, you should have received a rejection, a hold request, a rewrite request, or an email telling you there was a problem with your submission and inviting you to correct the problem and submit again.

If you submitted a story before 11:59 PM Eastern on November 24th and did not receive a response from us, feel free to send a query to the editors email in the sidebar.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

You can pre-order your copy now

We recently added a pre-order page to the website. Right now, the only way to pre-order your copy of the anthology is to support us on Patreon. Pledge $5 or more, and you'll be able to download the DRM-free e-book a month before it's generally available. $25 will get you the paperback, with shipping included. (Pledge amounts will be charged only once, when we produce the anthology, rather than as a monthly campaign).

You may be wondering why you'd want to pre-order our anthology when you don't know what's in it. Unlike us, you haven't had a chance to read any of the over 350 submissions, much less the 37 stories we're excited about and want to publish. That's more than we can currently afford with our story budget, which means that when we get to the end of the submission period and choose what goes into the anthology, we’ll have to reject stories we really like so that we can print the stories we truly love. And this will only get worse, as we find more stories we want to publish and are forced to choose between our favorites.

While we can’t tell you at this point which stories will ultimately make it into the anthology, we really do love the stories we’re already holding. Stories spanning the whole gamut of speculative fiction genres, including medieval fantasy, modern fantasy, post-apocalyptic horror, weird western, far future science fiction, alien planets and alien civilizations, and near future science fiction. Stories that eschew easy answers and instead ask hard questions of the Christian faith, such as: Can you really tell the difference between an angel and a demon? Do demons get a chance at redemption? Do robots have souls? Is it right to turn away from what you need for survival in order to remain true to your beliefs? What revelation might God give to aliens that he hasn't given us? How much choice do you have when you're chosen by God? Would we really want a God who judges in the here and now? If you want to read stories that ask these kinds of questions, where the struggle is more certain than the answer, then we think you'll enjoy our anthology.

One advantage to supporting us on Patreon now instead of waiting until we've announced the final story selection is that it will allow us to publish more of the stories we like, and even pay our authors more. We recently reached our first milestone (and lost it due to a change in how Patreon does its calculations, but we lowered the milestones so we've reached it again). This means the anthology will include one more story than it would have if we hadn't reached our goal. And if we reach the next milestone by January 15th, we'll add a second extra story.