For SF&F Writers: Anatomy Of A Successful Submission. Reviewing “My Heart is a Prayer” by Ryan Row.

Working as a First Reader isn’t difficult. I read, I evaluate, I offer a constructive critique, and usually, I reject. I can’t speak to the rest of the editorial process at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, but when it comes to my part in the submission process the choice of how to rate a story […]

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Delay

Today’s Notes From the Slush Pile postponed due to Canadian Thanksgiving. I’ll be on it tomorrow. Happy Turkey to all and to all a good night.

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The Pitfalls of Genre-Bending in SF&F

As a First Reader at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, I’m currently responsible for working through the Science Fiction slush pile. In the past, I’ve done fantasy too. It’s very common and completely acceptable for stories classified in either genre to contain elements of the other. It’s also totally fine for these stories to contain […]

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For SF&F Writers: Adapting Mythology

Ancient myths and religions are an endless source of ideas for the science fiction or fantasy writer in search of inspiration. The belief systems of cultures long gone, or sometimes still in existence, provide fertile ground for the author’s imagination to run wild. Be it Frank Herbert’s Dune, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, or the many […]

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