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Just wanted to give a quick update on the Open Door programme. In brief, we’re down to the last hundred submissions (from a total of close on 1,200!). While a great many have been declined, we have called in over a dozen full manuscripts and a similar number are tagged waiting for a final decision about whether to do likewise.
If you’ve submitted and not yet had an official Yes/No (and somehow missed our regular updates both here and on Twitter *coff*) rest assured that we will get to you as soon as we are able. It’s notable that close on 20% of our submissions were sent in on the very last day of the two month window for entries. We’ve been trying as best we can to review in date order, seemed only fair. If you do wish to remove your proposal at any point before we get to it, just log on in the same way that you submitted, and follow the simple steps to Withdraw Submission.
Once we’re done, we do then have to read the entire manuscripts of those we’ve called in. At some point, I suspect we’ll want to write up some notes covering what people did right or wrong when submitting, so look out for that.
Looks like an interesting Indie film (released in March). Do you recognise any of the characters…?
As has now become customary, we’re listing below the books we published last year that are eligible for various awards. Being British, however, we’re doing it furtively, and we’re looking up every now and then to make sure no-one’s watching us.
As ever, this list is provided purely as an aide-mémoire, not as a list of recommendations – if you’ve read the works below and consider them to be award-worthy, the authors would be thrilled if you would consider nominating/voting for them. If you haven’t read them, they’re all available from your favourite offline or online store.
Here are the books we published in 2013* (covers are gathered together by artist, not by publication date – see artist list at the end of this blog post):
Wow! Look at what we made, ma! Read More→
Do you have a manuscript you’d like to submit to Angry Robot?
If so, click here for full details of what to do.
If not, why are you still reading this?
Now, we think we’ve covered all the bases on the Open Door Page.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, below.
1) We’ll come back to this page to look at questions, periodically, but don’t expect an immediate response.
2) Don’t leave a question unless it’s really vital that you do so.
3) If your question has been answered on the Open Door Page, or if we think it’s just a daft question, we reserve the right to point and giggle.
Well, we said we’d do it!
We are about to open our doors to unagented submissions, again. We’ve been gazing across the office in awe of the quality of open submissions that have been flying across the Strange Chemistry desk, and quite frankly, we want some of that in our inboxes, thank-you very much!
So, from the end of this week through to the end of the year we will be accepting submissions from authors without agents (authors with agents are also still welcome, of course!)
What sort of books will you be looking for?
SF, F and WTF.
What does that mean?
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and What the Fuck?
That’s what it stands for, not what it means.
OK, grumpy-boots. We’re after good stories told either in science fiction or fantasy settings, or with SF or fantasy flavours. You can mix in other genres if you like – we’ve had fantasy westerns, science fiction romance, urban fantasy crime, horror musicals (actually, we haven’t had that last one, but how cool would that be?) and many more variations. If it contains SF and F we’d love to see it.
You’re open until the end of the year, huh? Cool – I’ll send you my Nanowrimo book.
Why the “Hmmm”? Are you anti-Nanowrimo?
Not in the slightest. It’s a fabulous way to kick-start the creative juices, but it’s unlikely you’ll start and finish a novel of sufficient quality (and length) in time, if you’re starting to write on November 1st.
Yes, you might. And if you do, great.
What do you mean by “sufficient length”?
Oo-err. We can be a bit flexible, but a guideline of 75-110,000 words for SF and 95-140,000 words for fantasy is realistic.
You’ve published books longer than that.
That’s not a question.
OK – what if I have a book that’s longer than that? Will you still look at it?
What if it’s much shorter?
If it’s much shorter than 75,000 words, then probably not, no. If it’s a bit shorter, then yes.
Define “a bit shorter”.
Anything else you can tell me?
Check back later this week for more information. Everything you need to know will be on this site by Friday night.
What if I have any questions before then?
We admire your enthusiasm, but please don’t send them. Everything will be made clear later this week.
*Questions that we think would be frequently asked if we hadn’t already addressed them.
(We can’t mark them as FAQ yet, as we’ve not had any Qs)