Blog Gate

Howard A. Jones, Managing Editor for Black Gate, has set up a LiveJournal for the magazine. In the first entry he sketches some sword and sorcery musings. Looks like it might be a promising venue to kick some ideas around.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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3 Responses to Blog Gate

  1. buymeaclue says:

    I don’t know if this is still true, but their return times used to be looooooooooong.

    (Which doesn’t particularly bother me, since they’re very upfront about it. But is something worth knowing when you send them a story.)

    • JE says:

      Still true, I think. They’re closed to submissions until further notice so they can clear away the accumulated slush.

      I waited nearly 12 months for a rejection, once, and my first sale was about nine months from postmark to acceptance, and I don’t think these numbers are especially unusual. The thing is, Black Gate is genuinely interested in publishing stuff no one else will touch (e.g. sword and sorcery novellas–doubly unsalable to most genre magazines). So generally I think it’s worth the wait. It’s not like that 20 K saga of Velfnarth the Embittered Bladesman of Byarnathar is going to be snapped up by F&SF anyway…

      • buymeaclue says:

        Hee! Oh, yeah. I think you could do a whole lot worse, and it’d be a fine place to have a credit. Just figured I’d mention in case you weren’t already aware.

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