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An interesting addition to Wikipedia's entry on Weird Tales

In June 2013, Marvin Kaye returned to writers material he had previously accepted for publication and described as "excellent." In an impersonally addressed note he wrote, "Dear Contributor, I regret to inform you that the publisher of Weird Tales has decided to pass on quite a few stories, yours included. This is a measure to reduce our huge fiction inventory. If you have not sold your submission elsewhere, try us again in 9 months. If we have room at that time, it will be an automatic sale (but do remind us of this message!)." In a further note he commented, "I don't like having to do this, but the pressure to reopen the submission portal has been growing and we can't ignore it any longer." Online on June 24, at Adventures Fantastic, fantasy reviewer Keith West said the move was "an unheard-of thing to do." The background to the new development was described more fully in the introduction to an independently published eBook, Witchery: A Duo of Weird Tales. Author Keith Chapman told West he felt a duty to warn others.

It seems like solving the wrong problem to try to reopen submissions, given the relative lack of issues since the new regime took over at Weird Tales.

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I mean, really, WHAT?

Am I reading that right? He elected to tell a bunch of people whose stories he'd accepted for publication that he'd changed his mind... so that he could let other people submit NEW stories?

I... my brain... ARRRRGHH! Hulk Smash!

On the plus side, it frees up the stories for submission to The Last Dangerous Visions.

Should I forward that to Harlan?

You must! Maybe it'll be the push he needs to finally finishahahahahHAHAHAHAHAH

Or for "Science Fiction Eye".

Wow--as if I didn't already have enough reasons to not weigh down their mailbox with my submissions. How nekulturny.

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New word for me! And excellent one. Also, the exact right word to describe this action by the folks at WT.

"the pressure to reopen the submission portal has been growing and we can't ignore it any longer"????

Say what?

Pressure from whom?

"the relative lack of issues". . .

Oh! You mean published issues!

. . .
Insert gif of Ron Burgandy pointing, and going, "You stay CLASSY, Marvin Kaye."
Because nothing says professional like un-accepting a bunch of stories just so they can reopen to submissions from other people.

Or is "reopen the submission portal" a euphemism for certain burning desires?

Edited at 2013-06-28 10:53 pm (UTC)

"Reopen your submission portal"

"Reopen your submission portal" sounds like a line from SLUSHPILE READERS OF GOR!

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Yeah, there's an awful thought. Around 1980 or so (I'm not going to bother checking dates), badly edited Gor novels were being published. Since they were being accepted, it implies something even worse was on the slush pile.

And you know someone had to actually read through the rejects before deciding that Fly-Fishermen of Gor was better than the alternatives.

I genuinely have no idea what this is supposed to accomplish, unless the magazine's a tax dodge and they need to look busy without producing anything.

My cynical take: the audience for small SFF magazines these days is almost entirely would-be writers. Therefore, a magazine that isn't currently accepting submissions is pissing off its entire potential readership.

Also note that Kaye is the editor, and he's blaming his publisher for the decision -- this could be true, or just a way to shift blame.

He's sure working to attract an audience and an author stable that's nothing like Ann Vandermeer got.

By which I mean he's attracting drooling derpers and writers with no self respect

Edited at 2013-06-29 07:22 pm (UTC)

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