Holy slush progress, Batman!

Thanks to the efforts of new associate fiction editors, a.k.a. “slushreaders”, JM McDermott and Brenda Kalt, under “senior associate fiction editor” Sarah Rogers who has been pushing the boulder up the hill by herself for a good while now, there’s been an amazing uptick in reading submissions. And now, even better: I finally figured out how to easily get all of the submissions slowly languishing in my old submissions inbox moved to their shared story reading inbox — meaning, hopefully, these 100+ day old stories will actually get read very soon.

Closed to fiction submissions until (at least) Friday, January 13

If you e-mail a submission to submissions@bullspec.com effective now, you’ll get the following auto reply:

Thank you for sending a story to Bull Spec, but we are currently closed to fiction submissions, as of 1 AM EST, Friday December 9, 2011. We may not have updated the website or notified Duotrope or Ralan’s, etc. but as we need to focus on reading and responding to the stories we have, we are returning this one unread. We hope to re-open to fiction submissions on Friday, January 13, 2012, but may remain closed longer depending on our reading progress. Thanks again for considering Bull Spec with a story, and we hope to hear from you again in future. 

If this is a query and it was erroneously detected as a story submission (for example, if it included an attachment) please e-mail submissions@bullspec.com without an attachment with your query; if all else fails, please contact sam@bullspec.com directly and I’ll sort things out. 


Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, Publisher
Natania Barron and Eric Gregory, Fiction Editors
Sarah Rogers, Associate Fiction Editor
Bull Spec

Whew! We have a lot of reading to do over the next month, and I can’t thank Sarah enough for her coming aboard as one of our first readers. I also can’t thank all of the writers enough for all the submissions we get to settle in and read — I’m looking forward to it.

We are now closed for submissions until 1 February 2010.

Thanks everyone, so much for your submissions. We have so very many excellent stories to re-read and consider, and are, frankly, a bit overwhelmed. So much in just 10 days! All this really means is (1) submissions from now forward will be returned unread; and (2) we hope to actually finish selections in a week to ten days instead of that window moving further and further forward as more great stories come in.

Love and kisses, and only a trifling of goring and trampling,

Heads up: will be closing submissions for this reading period at midnight Sunday night EST.

We’ve received so many great submissions, and many other ones quite good, besides. We promised to keep submissions open for 10 days and Sunday night at midnight EST will be that minimum. To be fair to ourselves, our day jobs, our families, and the stories we’ve already received that we’d be happy to end up selecting, we’re going to close for submissions of original short stories at that time so that we can finish our selection process for this first submissions period.

So: keep ’em coming until then! For the first few acknowledgements on days one and two we mentioned we’d hope to have responses in full by the end of the week, but with so many great submissions, our best guess is another 7-10 days or so after we’ve closed submissions for this reading period. If you’ve any questions where your story is sitting in our “process” (inbox, acknowledged, considered, shortlisted, etc.) feel free to query. We won’t bite. We gore and trample, sure, but not so much with the biting.

Closed for reprint submissions.

We are now closed for reprint submissions. Our capacity for reprint production work is full for 6 months, and we’ll post an update when we re-open for reprints in about three months. Original submissions are still open and welcome.