Panning for Gold
There’ nothing quite like the rush of an editor finding that perfect story, that new talent, that writer no one has heard of who–through training plus natural ability–has a tale that jumps out of the slush pile. Stanley Schmidt described finding new major talent Brad Torgersen this way: “Discoveries like that–finding myself thoroughly captivated by a story by an unknown writer–were the biggest kick I ever got out of editing Analog.”
I’ve had the feeling countless times. Sometimes the writer did not continue in their craft, but often they went on to scale the heights. I felt it in the early stories of Lavie Tidhar that we published, with the early works of Aliette de Bodard, Will McIntosh, Karl Bunker, Lisa Mantchev, and our own Tonya Liburd. So many more of our recent writer have the same promise, authors such as George S. Walker, Jeremy Szal, Thomas K. Carpenter, or Sarah Hendrix.
That’s why we remain open to unsolicited manuscripts and are happy to help with minor rewrites if we see that gleam of talent. We want you to succeed. We want to discover you. Our next reading period is the first week of February 2018.
Send us your best.
– Wendy S. Delmater