We are excited to announce the addition of a Submissions Editor to the Folded Word team. Barbara Flaherty will be taking over the coordination and review of unsolicited queries, with her goal being to drastically reduce our response time. “As a poet,” she said on accepting the position, “I know what it’s like to sit waiting and wondering. It’s painful.” A career librarian and English adjunct, Barbara will bring her decades of experience in analyzing books to our acquisitions process. We are blessed to have her.
Bringing Barbara to The Fold has been a month-long process. Today I commuted across (not around) Lake Winnepesaukee for a working lunch. Barbara is now fully trained and will be clearing the submissions backlog over the next two months. If you’ve been wondering whether or not we received your submission, you should be getting a postcard in the mail within the next two weeks to confirm. After that, Barbara will work diligently until she has responded to all queries.
If you haven’t yet submitted a manuscript but plan to do so, please (re)check our submission guidelines as they have changed with this addition to our staff. NOTE: we are especially interested in 4500-word short stories that can be published as single-story chapbooks for our Fall 2016 list. We are also narrowing our literary novel search to those either written by residents of New England or those that take place in New England. (Definition of New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut.) Book-length short story collections, YA novels, and novels-in-verse are unaffected by this change.
Happy lake-fun Friday,