A day after I posted the Call For Essays: Pulp On Pulp I have already received one essay and queries on three others. All of them fit the theme of the collection–maybe I’m getting better at writing submission guidelines.
One point that I did want to clarify, both because it’s come up in a query and because of a conversation with Cheah Kit Sun.
You don’t have to be a writer to submit an essay. You don’t even have to want to be a writer to submit. I want to hear from fans of Pulp, from editors, and from reviewers. Tell me what it is that you want to see in a story, what you don’t want to see in a story, how things can be done better, what you find in older stories that you wish modern writers would do.
Also, I suppose I should clarify what I mean by Pulp, because that subject is getting bandied about a lot. For purposes of this collection, what I mean is reader-driven, action-focused stories of any length.
That can be Fantasy and Science Fiction, but it can also be Westerns, Mysteries, True Crime, Steamy Romance, just about anything really. You don’t have to consider yourself a member of the PulpRev movement, or be associated with any particular style or school of fiction.
If you like stories that are more concerned with pleasing readers than with impressing an MFA Committee, then I want to hear from you.