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First time in an Ĉon

10/05/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The editors over at Ĉon Speculative Fiction magazine are happy with SFcrowsnest's review of their publication, but reservations, they have a few.

This just in from Bridget McKenna Marti McKenna, the editors over at Aeon Speculative Fiction magazine.

First, thanks for the review (Aeon Speculative Fiction 01/05/2005 - To say we're pleased by the attention is a real understatement. But I think we must have gone far wrong in our communications if Rod Macdonald thinks we only accept streetmail submissions, and even farther wrong if he thinks we buy mainly from "an entourage or inner circle of writers", or that "Email submissions are not considered". For this we apologize. If it's possible to clear this up for Mr Macdonald and your readers, we'd like to do so:

We filled the first two issues of Aeon by invitation from a list of about 120 published writers (the original 'List'), and writers those writers recommended to us. For this reason a disproportionate number of stories in those issues were by writers we knew (and writers _they_ knew, etc).

For Aeon Three and Four (and all subsequent issues if we manage to avoid the early demise Mr Macdonald mentions) we are open to submissions from all and sundry, and open for electronic submissions from any writer with publication credits who asks. This "inner circle" is now nearly 300 writers. We add several a week via requests during reading periods, and when we see a story of special promise in manuscript form, that person is invited to The List also.

True, unsolicited mss do "make up a relatively small percentage of the magazine's format", but I think not smaller than that of most other magazines. We publish roughly 7 stories per quarter and receive several hundred submissions per reading period, the vast majority of which can not be considered for publication for space reasons if no other. Given those proportions most stories go back, and we don't know any other way to work the maths on that problem. No way to pay more than 3c a word at this point either, sadly.

We'd like to thank Mr Macdonald for singling us out for review; we're extraordinarily gratified to see ourselves mentioned on your excellent website.

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