I've already received more than one email or comment on a post asking if I'm reading novel manuscripts for Tor, if I can check in the Tor.com (or Tor) slush pile for someone's story/novel.

No I cannot. The reasons being:

1) I am consulting for TOR.COM --that is the website, which publishes short stories not novels. I am not buying novels. I did consult for Tor, acquiring and editing novels around 2000-2005.

2) I have not been hired to look at the Tor.com (or TOR) slush pile. There are slush readers for that. (and just fyi, I believe there are a couple of new ones, and so Tor's hoping to catch up soon).

3) I am soliciting short stories from specific writers. As I am only buying a handful of stories annually (at this point) I am not reading unsolicited submissions. If you are someone whose work I've bought in the past you can query me.
It seems that you've had to have been published in the UK or Ireland in order to qualify--go forth and submit, anyone who is eligible--deadline November 30th.

New short story prize
Kristine Kathryn Rusch doesn't think the sky is falling (brava!) despite some (check the comments) who do in Signals 18 , an article in the current IROSF.
He writes:
" Locus Online has just launched my new interview series, focusing on short fiction and titled "SF Quintessential". In this slot, I'll be talking regularly with influential figures in the field--authors and editors--tying in with the publication of new collections and anthologies, and looking at the state of the magazines. First up is Jonathan Strahan, discussing his superb anthology Eclipse Two. Soon: Lou Anders, on the dynamic Fast Forward 2.

I intend that the series will help promote valuable short fiction publications and provide a forum for discussion of trends in the short form: creative movements and the rather troubled state of the market. There's a huge amount to talk about; I hope "SF Quintessential" can supplement and augment existing debate, at a vital time in the history of genre literature."
Here are some comments on various stories in the issue:

yendi's blog

Anna Tambour is in the issue and wrote me privately what I asked her to post in her blog.
Anna Tambour

Not if you were the last story on earth

And from one of those who won the issue on this blog--thanks:
radiant fracture

A. Nakama's blog

Nick Gever reviewed the issue in the current Locus, picking Lisa Tuttle's "Old Mr Boudreaux" and Jeffrey Ford's "Under the Bottom of the Lake" for his best of the month --I think that he chose Lucius's "Vacancy" for the same when it was originally published on the Subterranean website a few months ago.

In the Locus review he says:
"Jeffrey Ford works characteristic oneiric wonders in "Under the Bottom of the Sea," a subtle serpentine fabulation.... A bewitching confection...."

"Tuttle's portrait ("Old Mr. Boudreaux") of an aging mansion in the heart of suburban Houston, its grounds poisoned reminder of a now otherwise built-over landscape is splendid...."

About "Holiday" by M. Rickert: "Uneasy, edgy storytelling, this, another demonstration of Rickert's preternaturlaly acute understanding of controversial social issues."

About Terry Bisson's "Pirates of the Somali Coast": "a vitriolic condemnation of the trivialization of violent death inherent in contemporary children's entertainment."

Quote from cassiphone at Not if You Were the Last Story on Earth:

"The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe," by Anna Tambour, Subterranean #7 - one of Tambour's classic gorgeous-weird storie, this one with s strong (and somewhat pungent) historical flavour."


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