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Death to Slush

22/04/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Argosy Magazine shuts the door on unsolicited manuscripts.

Another sinking feeling for budding new SFF writers, as one more speculative fiction magazine joins the ranks of periodicals and book publishers who are increasingly making writing an invitation-only affair.

The following message went up on the relatively new Argosy magazine the other day.

"Due to the overwhelming volume of submissions we have received, we regret to announce that Argosy Magazine is no longer accepting unsolicited or unagented materials. We thank all of those who sent work our way for their time and effort, but the percentage of unsolicited work we have purchased versus commissioned work does not make maintaining the slush pile a viable option at the present time. Work already received before April 19, 2004 will still be considered."

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