What an incredible two months.
Forest Avenue Press received 167 short stories for consideration for our Oregon and Southwest Washington anthology, slated for May 2014 publication. Editor Liz Prato is valiantly wading through the glorious pool of possibilities and plans to notify everyone by October. Please be patient if you submitted and know that we’re giving each entry full consideration. We have limited space and a lot of difficult choices to make.
Thanks to everyone who spread the word and all the writers’ organizations around the state who shared our call for submissions with their members. One of our big goals was getting the word out about this anthology to other parts of the state besides Portland, where Forest Avenue Press is based–and that outreach effort was very successful.
Here are some fun statistics about the submissions:
- The submission period opened on June 1, and the first entry was submitted at 10:16 a.m. that day.
- Eight people submitted stories on the first day; five on the second day.
- The submission deadline was midnight on July 31. The final entry was submitted at 11:59 p.m. on the 31st.
- Thirty-one people–or 18.5 percent–submitted their stories on the last day.
- Portland authors made up about 50 percent of the application pool–a much smaller percentage than the Portland writers in Brave on the Page. We had a particularly strong showing from Corvallis, Salem, Ashland, and Vancouver, Washington.
- Oregon counties represented in the submissions pool include Benton, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Harney, Jackson, Josephine, Lincoln, Marion, Yamhill, and of course Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas.
- Several recipients from other parts of the country spelled out their Oregon connections in their cover letters.
Thanks again to everyone who submitted and shared our call for stories with their writing communities. That’s what Forest Avenue Press is all about–celebrating the regional writing community.