September 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm (this and that, writing) ()

Last week I saw this over at Fantasy Magazine:

We are looking for readers interested in dedicating 5-10 hours a month to reading Fantasy Magazine slush. We will be glad to train you in considerations of online publishing and editing. Position is unpaid but we would be glad to write letters of recommendation or whatever’s needed for internship status and buy you drinks at conventions.

So I applied. Why not, right? I like drinks, I’m going to World Fantasy Con, and I’m pretty awesome at quickly reading a high volume of stuff carefully and critically after three years of grad school at FSU, right?

So today I woke up to find a very exciting email in my inbox. The first line read:

Everyone: If you’ve gotten this email, then you’ve been accepted to slush for Fantasy Magazine. Congratulations!


Yes! Seriously! I guess my seven semesters of heartlessly (and for the most part thanklessly) grading seemingly-endless piles of student papers has finally paid off! This is a better gig by far because instead of stacks of essays on Descartes or Antigone I get to read speculative fiction which, to be honest, applies much more directly to my sensibilities. Also as an experienced RPer I will be able to spot a transliterated Dungeons and Dragons campaign from, like, a mile away.

So awesome. I’m very enthusiastic about this, and feel very honored they are taking a chance on me.


  1. Raechel said,

    Holy crap! Congrats! Does this mean you write reviews? What’s a slush reader do?

  2. Travis said,

    Congratulations and good luck. I’m curious what sorts of heuristics you’ll develop to swiftly deathblow imaginations beyond a stern disapproval of THAC0.

  3. John said,

    I’ve got this story that takes place mostly in a forest, but part of it is in a cave, and it’s got a fighter and a Dwarf battling some lizard men. Could I send it to you? They also fight a giant vampire bat at one point. It’s pretty boss.

  4. John said,

    Also, you may want to look into the fact that this site is generating the possibly related post “Fantasy Football Tailgate: Week 1”. People shouldn’t have to look at stuff like that.

  5. Selena said,

    Yay, that is very awesome Molly! You will get to read some good stuff.

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