Back in January, I extended the closing date for submissions to Aphrodite Terra to 31 May, but the response has been less… enthusiastic than I would have liked. I know I only want half a dozen pieces at most, but I was hoping to have a large-ish pool to choose from. Rocket Science received just over 100 stories in three and a half months, and from them I picked seventeen stories and five non-fiction pieces. The submission period for Aphrodite Terra has been open for six and a half months and I’ve received… sixteen submissions.
So, the question is: do I extend the submission period another month? Or shall I call off the anthology?
Originally, I hoped to have Aphrodite Terra ready for Loncon 3 in August. I can’t see that happening now. On reflection, perhaps that’s a good thing. I have too many personal projects on the go, too many to really focus on building up Whippleshield Books’ publishing “empire”. I still like the idea of a series of mini-anthologies, each focused on a different planetary body in the Solar System; I still think the idea of a series of mini-anthologies which take a literary approach to genre conventions is worthwhile. But it’s looking increasingly like now is not the right time for it.
The closing date for Aphrodite Terra is currently 31 May – the exact time is not important, as long as it’s in my inbox by the time I get up at 9:00 am on 1 June I’ll consider it before the deadline. I’ll make the call then on what to do. If I don’t have enough stories to choose from, then I shall indefinitely postpone Aphrodite Terra and return all the stories (please note: I have not bought any fiction yet, so no refunds will be required). I will post my decision here on this blog.
If Aphrodite Terra doesn’t go ahead, perhaps it’ll re-appear at a more propitious time. We shall have to see…