Sally and I have just completed another 6-hour stint, working through the 256 submissions we received. We're having to be incredibly ruthless, saying no to some wonderful stories if there are several on a similar theme. For example, there were many which deal with the grim reality of the housing crisis, including street homelessness, elderly people going into care homes, refugees etc. We need to ensure a balance of subjects, tone and so on. Also, we're aware that there's a consensus that the next anthology should be shorter than the last one. It's really hard knowing how many good stories won't make it and how disappointed those authors will be.
A message from Sally: Sorry folks. This is a TOUGH selection process! But we are making progress and really thrilled with the sheer quality of so many stories. Thanks everyone for submitting. It's a privilege (if rather hard) to be faced with picking the cream of the crop.
Anyway, we have a core of an
amazing collection, with another group of stories that we would
like to put on the website - maybe one a week - but we're still
working through a long list and Sally is away for the next couple
of weeks. I'm afraid you're all going to have to carry on being
patient. Thanks for your support.