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Review of issue #106

Here’s a review of the latest issue of On Spec, by Eamonn Murphy of SF Crowsnest.

 

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Fiction submission window opening soon

We will be open to new submissions of short fiction as of March 1, 2018. The window will close six weeks after that, and no emailed manuscripts will be accepted.

As usual, we cannot promise a quick turnaround, although we have some new slush readers who have joined us to help with the massive volume of work we receive in that time period. Once a story is short-listed, it will be read, evaluated and discussed by several of the editors before we make the final decisions.

So, on March 1,  authors will be offered a Fiction link to our Submittable page, along with the ongoing links for Poetry and Art.  Just follow the instructions to register and upload your story.

 

Spreading the word

Here’s something our subscribers who are active on social media can do. When your subscription copy of On Spec arrives in the mail, please post a picture of yourself holding  the copy.

Then pour yourself a cup of something warm and comforting and sit down for a while and have another awesomely good On Spec reading experience. Once you’re done, post something about a story you liked. Tweet about the superb cover art. Look up one of the writers and send them a nice email to thank them for their work.

And tell all your followers about On Spec.

Maybe someone will share your  Facebook post. Maybe someone else will retweet. And maybe someone will stop looking at baby goat videos for just a few brief seconds and look up http://www.onspec.ca .

The baby goats won’t go anywhere, we promise.

And if we could get just one new subscriber because of something each of our current readers did to promote us, we’d be a very happy crew.

 

The Year Ahead

We at On Spec are, as always, grateful for the support of our loyal readers and supporters. 2017 has been a year of “getting better organized”, and 2018 will be a year of “really getting better organized”. We bought lots of excellent stories during our 2017 call for submissions, and the editors are busy working with the authors to groom the stories for publication. Once that task is complete, we will once again, open to new submissions, and this will be announced here as well as through our Twitter and Facebook pages.

As always, I am grateful for the super people who help get the issues into the hands of our readers, with no pay, I might add.

In 2018, we’ll be at Calgary’s When Words Collide, Edmonton’s Pure Speculation, and other conventions during the year. When we can’t make it because of geography and time and financial constraints, we will be happy to have On Spec represented by Pat Flewwelling and her wonderful Myth Hawker Travelling Bookstore.

People ask how they can help On Spec, and of course the very best thing you can do is to tell people about us. We depend on word of mouth as our best advertiser. Especially since the grapevine seems to be a tad slow in some regards, with people still being astonished that we a) have a digital version and b) continue to produce a print magazine! Get the message out that we are still here, and aren’t planning to go away any time soon.

Best wishes from us all for a peaceful and safe year ahead.

Diane and the entire On Spec Editorial and Production team.

Can-Con 2017

Can-Con 2017 in Ottawa was a great event for On Spec. At least twenty of the authors attending the convention have been published in On Spec over the years. We had a panel to talk about the early years of On Spec, and what it has meant to Canadian writers to have us publish their first work of SF. At the end of the panel, Diane asked members of the audience to stand if they have been published in On Spec, and then several stayed for a group photo.

From left to right: (standing) Yves Meynard; John Park; Leslie Brown; Jerome Stueart; Matt Moore; Chadwick Ginther; Leah Bobet; Hayden Trenholm; Diane Walton; James Alan Gardner; Susan Forest; Brandon Crilly; Suzanne Church.(seated) Allan Weiss; Mike Rimar.

Group Shot On Spec Authors