One More Month!

Dragon Writer by Andrew Ferez

We have been open to submissions for two months now, with one month to go!

Submissions have been strong so far, but we have a ways to go. Our submission numbers are up 15% – we’re nearly two weeks ahead of where we were last year. Queries and website traffic are up as well, thanks to posts on Gawker, io9, and Jezebel. While most of our submissions are from Canadians, we have representation from the US, the UK, Brazil, and Spain.

But don’t be discouraged – your odds of placing in the Contest are still very high! Our slush pile isn’t as deep as those of most pro ‘zines – and, of course, you can submit to them simultaneously. We would love to see more international submissions, more submissions from women, POC, and members of the QUILTBAG community. We strongly encourage those unique pieces you worry won’t fit anywhere else. We are a open and welcoming Contest with a great love of work that challenges us!

Want to see what your donations are doing? Come on out to some of the Merril Collection’s upcoming events!

Nnedi Okorafor at the Merril Collection
Fri. Mar. 06, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Award-winning fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor discusses writing and fantasy at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction on Thursday, March 5, in the lower level, Lillian Smith branch, 239 College Street, starting at 7PM.

Music for the 21st Century: the 3rd annual FilkOntario Concert at the Merril
Sat. Mar. 21, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Friends of the Merril Collection and FilkOntario are co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Filk Festival, Music for the 21st Century. Music will be created in the lower level of the Lillian Smith Branch on Saturday, March 21, starting at 7:00PM.

19th Fantastic Pulp Show
Sat. May 09, 2015
All Day

The Friends of the Merril Collection are sponsoring the 19th
Fantastic Pulp Show. The event will feature ‘golden age’ pulp magazines from the 1920s – 1960s. A lecture on pulp art will take place in the 3rd floor reading room of the Merril Collection at 1:30. The pulp show will take place in the lower level of the Lillian Smith Branch, between 10:00AM and 4:00PM. Call 416-393-7748 for further information.

So submit soon, and submit often! The contest closes on Sunday, February 15th, 2015. We look forward to reading you!


Posted on January 15, 2015, in Status Updates. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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