Glimmer Train’s Best Start

Posted by @ 12:14 am on September 25th, 2009

logo01.jpgThe more creative editors get, the less writers have to. I’ve noticed a lot of send this type of thing in submission guidelines, which can be effective when applied as a formal constraint, but it seems, with the exponential increase of content everywhere, that we (as writers and editors) grow less and less concerned with writing than we are with creative publishing. Editors, who may be themselves writers, are more and more conceptually proactive, and no longer just “edit” in a subtractive sense, but impose an editorial narrative on the aggregate of work they publish. This can be, and is often exciting, but sometimes just, um.

Of their “Best Start” fiction category: “[…] is different from our others in that the piece should be an engaging and coherent narrative, but it does not need to be a complete story […]”

And you thought flash fiction was the easiest way to write, now you don’t even need to finish a story. They then go on to say, “All pieces should be original fiction and not have appeared in a print publication.” If the piece is unfinished, how the hell would it have appeared elsewhere? Then they say, “No fiction for children, please.”

What the fuck is juice? And what the fuck is “fiction for children”? I assume they mean Children’s Fiction.┬áHere’s a little fiction for children: Kids, one day if you ever become a writer (cough — major in Business or Econ), there will be these things called “Literary Journals” run by crazy cat ladies (or “Editors”) who use submission fees from desperate writers to finance their cat lady lifestyle, which includes spaying and neutering — the latter which, when applied to male writers, is called “castration.” Metaphorically, this is when you get rejected. This will all make sense at the end of this little fiction, which you’ll never find out since all the stories are unfinished.

It costs $10 dollars to read each piece, so yeah, “it’s fine to submit more than one piece.” They then go on to describe tiresome logistics of submitting protocols and award allocation. $50 bucks for each winner. I guess this means winners can say they got a grant.