The Baby Shoes Project: Newsletter Number Six, 2nd October, 2016
Well now, after a brief lull over the summer we are now back in full flow. We have had a huge influx of contributions from one very new and very enthusiastic author, Jimmy Hollis i Dickson of La Gr@not@. With Jimmy's and others' contributions, our number of collected stories has increased from 80 at the publication of the last newsletter to an incredible 124 giving us a current total word count of 43,214. We still have a long way to go so keep those stories coming.
Speaking of Jimmy Hollis: he has very kindly offered to run a competition with 2 prizes on offer. The two challenges are: 1. The author who has the greatest number of stories published in the book and 2. The author who submits the most original story.
There are some conditions and here they are:
For challenge number 1. you may send as many submissions as you like, but for the sake of tallying in THIS challenge, only stories where a completely different reason is given will be counted towards the goal. For example, if you submit 2 stories where the baby dies before wearing the shoes, they might both be accepted for the anthology, but you only score ONE point under Jimmy's rules. (He will, though, allow a story about a still-born baby and one who dies at 4 months, for example, to count TWO points.) The winner (most submissions on completely different bases) – as judged by Jimmy and myself – will receive a free book of their choice (NOT the hardback edition) from La Gr@not@’s vast range of 4!
The winner of the most ORIGINAL story (judged by either by me or perhaps by a panel (which will not include Jimmy) gets another book from La Gr@not@'s range.
Thanks Jimmy – both for offering the prizes and for your enthusiasm and ongoing support for the project
I am still in the process of targeting universities and have quite a number yet to contact. I have been very pleasantly surprised to have received favourable responses from some (I really thought they would all be too busy to reply) and have already started to get submissions in from students.
Important news: when this project first began, the remit I published was that all the stories should explain the circumstances behind how a pair of baby shoes, never worn, came to be for sale. But as time has gone on, I have realised that that definition is too strict. I was receiving many stories that were superbly imaginative but didn't really comply with the instructions. I was so reluctant to lose those stories that I have decided to make the remit much more flexible now. You can read the new remit in the revised guidelines here: http://thebabyshoesproject.weebly.com/submission-guidelines---please-read-before-submitting-your-work.html in the paragraph which begins "Please remember:"
Just a quick reminder to those of you who are Facebook users that there is now a closed group set up exclusively for Baby Shoes authors (See link below). Pease do consider using it and joining it if you haven't already. I am hoping that authors will use the group to introduce themselves and perhaps get inspiration from others.
Finally, one of our most prolific authors – J.N. Mills, submitted a story recently which is astonishing in its structure. It is an alliterative story in which every single word begins with the letter 'b'. Do you think you could do something similar? It's quite a challenge! I'm going to have a go myself when I get some time but I doubt I can even approach the beauty and genius of J.N. Mills' story.
Thanks again everyone and keep up the good work!