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2021 Anthology Workpage

Before you begin editing, please read this webpage entirely in order to understand your duties as writer and as editor.

This is a major leap of faith. As I write this, I fear and tremble, knowing that some of my writing which I KNOW needs an awful lot of work, is about to be critiqued by other people. At Word Addicts, we strive to be honest and also sensitive to the feelings of other creative minds. No throat-cutting allowed! All feedback should be constructive. With that said, there's no excuse for ignoring or getting defensive about someone's feedback. 

Okay, everyone...happy writing!  And, happy editing!

Deadlines

  • March 9: First draft due.
  • April 10: Edits due
  • May 1: Re-drafts Due
  • June: Behind the scenes, we'll be doing line edits, creating the files making little adjustments, etc...
  • July 1: "The clock strikes midnight"
  • July 31: Launch

Policies for Miscellany Volume II

Language, sexual content and violence: To use the MPAA rating system, the language must be rated PG or cleaner. Sex and violence must be PG-13 or milder, and explicit sex is not allowed. Our primary audience is easily offended by vulgar language and we are sensitive to this. Please don't push the envelope with language. Gray areas will be reviewed by our president who will make the executive decision on whether or not changes need to be made.

Your submission must be a work of fiction or memoir.  

You must adhere to deadlines. Your work may be excluded if you do not meet the deadlines.  The first deadline is March 9, when the rough draft is due. 

Submission must be between 3,000 and 10,000 words. 

You agree to choose a literary theme for your story.  You may write in any genre, but you must stick to the theme you'll choose after submitting these forms.

You agree to participate in the edit process. This means you will carefully consider the feedback you receive and make changes as needed. You also agree to EDIT two stories and provide feedback to your fellow word addicts. 

You agree to use Google Docs for your submissions and for your edits. If you send us a document from another medium, we will create a Google Doc, paste your story into it, and you must use that for your working document for edits. If you do not know how to use Google Docs, we will share a tutorial with you. 

You agree to receive an equal share of royalties with all the other participants in this year's Miscellany. Royalties will be paid on any ebooks or paperbacks sold, but will not be paid for promotional copies given for free to critics, contests and reviewers. The publisher may also place Miscellany on store shelves and will pay Word Addicts for each sale.

You own the copyright to your work. You give Word Addicts limited publishing rights to your work. Word Addicts will contract with a publisher with regard to this anthology. You maintain publishing rights, and you may publish your work elsewhere.

You may order author copies at a price to be determined once we know the size of the book. For price we round up to the nearest dollar, and the remainder goes into our fund for occasional expenses. Last year we paid $5 per copy, which included shipping, but this year's volume may be larger and cost $6.  If you live outside the Sanpete County, UT area and need the books shipped to you, you will pay the shipping.

Anthology Entries And Editors

Edit Deadline: April 10 

Instructions To Editors: As editor, you are suggesting changes that you believe will improve the story. It is your job to make a good case for your suggestions. This usually requires that you use a gentle hand and solid reasoning based on your past reading and/or editing experience. If the writer's genre is not your favorite, you must look past genre and focus on the storytelling. 

This is a comprehensive and a line edit. First, focus on big-picture items. Second, focus on line-by-line items. Here are a few things to consider:
  • Is it boring?
  • Does a piece of dialogue sound fake, forced, or just not how anyone talks?
  • Do you understand what is going on? Where does the story lose you in terms of who is doing what, when, where, why or how?
  • Do you feel the main character(s) were established enough that you could picture them in your mind?
  • Do you hate a character that you feel the writer intended to be likeable? 
  • Etc...
Instructions To Writers: Carefully consider every suggestion. If your editor has a problem with your story, then you can bet other readers will have a problem. You ignore feedback at your story's peril. In the end you have the final say about any changes made to your manuscript. You must:

  • Thoroughly read all edits as well as comments and consider them.
  • See if you can understand why the editor said what they did, or why they suggest you change your manuscript in the way they did.
  • Decide whether you will accept or reject the edit or comment:
    • To accept a suggested edit to your manuscript, click the checkbox in the corresponding box on the right of the document.
    • To accept a comment, make the suggested changes to your manuscript, and click "Resolve" in the corresponding box on the right of the document.
    • To reject a suggested edit to your manuscript, click the "X" in the corresponding box on the right of the document.
  • If you submitted an outline rather than a full rough draft, you have until March 20th to complete your rough draft.  If it's not complete, you may be excluded from the anthology this year.







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