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Status Update

Just a quick status update on how things are going behind the scenes here at Niteblade 🙂

I sent out my nominations for the Dwarf Star award mere moments ago. Yay! The bulk of my nominations came from 2009 issues of Niteblade, but if you’re  a poet and would like to know how to nominate work that wasn’t published at Niteblade, voila:

Dwarf Stars is the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s yearly edited anthology of short-short poetry. We are trying to find the best speculative short poetry of 10 lines or less published in 2009. We define “speculative” as “science fiction, fantasy, horror, mythic or any combination or variation of the above.” The deadline for nominations for 2009 poems is August 31, 2010.

This is what you can do to help.

1. Send us your 2009 short poems of 10 lines or less.
2. Send us recommendations of 2009 short poems of 10 lines or less that you’ve read and think are deserving along with publication information and the e-mail addresses of the poets, if you have them.
3. There is no limit to the number of poems you can send.
4. You do not need to be a member to send poems/recommendations.

Send these poems to us at You do not need to be a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association to send poems/recommendations. Please include the words “Dwarf Stars Submission” in the title of the e-mail.

In other, more Niteblade-centric news I have pretty much firmed up the ToC for the September issue and will be sharing that in the next couple days. Getting the September issue ready to go mostly falls now to the work of Marge, BD and Jo, but I still have some paperwork-type things that will keep me busy for a little while and likely slow my progress through submissions, however, I’m not that far behind right now.

The oldest fiction submisson in my inbox is from June 29th, and the oldest poetry one is from July 8th. If you submitted prior to those dates and haven’t heard back, I didn’t get it. Please re-send.

Empty Inboxes?

Just a quick note to let you know that the impossible has happened. My submission inboxes are both empty. Empty! That means I have responded to every submission I’ve received as of this exact moment. If you’ve not heard from me I didn’t get it, so please resubmit. It also means I need some more submissions to consider for our September issue. As of right now I don’t have very many pieces accepted, so there are lots of spaces left for your work. 🙂

p.s. We re-opened to fiction submissions today.

Quick Status Update

Just a super quick update on submission statuses around here. I have responded to every poetry submission I’ve received and currently the oldest fiction submission waiting for me to read it is from March 27th. If you submitted before that and haven’t heard back from me, I didn’t get it. Please re-send.

Also, for more frequent updates on submission stats, consider following us on Twitter at @NitebladeZine

Submission Status Update

Just a super quick update on the status of submissions waiting to be read. The oldest submission in my fiction pile that’s waiting to be read is from February 17th and the oldest poetry one is from February 2nd. If you submitted prior to that and haven’t heard back from me either I didn’t receive it or my response got gobbled by a spam filter or something. Resubmit or drop me an email at I’d recommend the former.

I’m currently reading submissions with an eye toward placing them in the June issue.

Submission Status

Just a super quick update on the current status of submissions. Poetry subs are up-to-date for up to December 6th and fiction is caught up to October 22nd.

Reading Today

I’m reading Niteblade submissions today. All day. That is the only thing I will be doing. If you’ve sent a submission, watch your inbox, hopefully you’ll hear from me soon.

Taking inspiration from Holly Root who was seeking to empty her query inbox, I’m going to tweet about my progress. Unlike her I don’t actually expect to empty my mailboxes today but I’m going to make a pretty big push. If you want to read my progress it will be here Rhonda Parrish. I will try to update hourly.

Submission Status

A quick note about the status of submissions 🙂

Any poetry submitted before 10/26/09 has been read and responded to as has any fiction submitted before 9/28/09. If you submitted after those days, I haven’t gotten to your sub yet, if you submitted before and haven’t heard back from me, please query.


It’s been a while since I’ve offered up a status update, so I thought I’d remedy that today.

The December 2007 issue of Niteblade is back online (Yes, you really did read that right). That is two months of the pre-2009 archives back up and three to go. Hopefully I’ll get them up at a faster pace than I did the first two.

The table of contents for the new anthology is almost set. Almost. I hope to post the table of contents here in the next week or so, so keep an eye open. If you’ve submitted to it and not yet heard back from me, hang in there, that means your work is on the (very) short list and I’ll get to you soon. I promise.

I’ve fallen a bit behind on reading submissions. The oldest submission in my fiction inbox is from August 4th and in the poetry inbox is September 7th. I sincerely apologise for my delay in responding and as soon as I firm up the TOC for the anthology I will make a concerted effort to read the submissions. If you submitted before those dates and you haven’t heard back from me, I didn’t get it. Please re-submit.

I think that covers all the updates I have for the moment, though like I say, keep your eyes on this spot for the table of contents for the next anthology.

September 2009 Table of Contents

The table of contents for the September issue has been finalised. What this means is that I am now reading all submissions with an eye to placing them in the March 2010 issue. Wow. Just…wow. The reason for that is the December issue will be a print one (guidelines here).

Submission Progress

Submissions to Niteblade have increased greatly over the past few weeks, so I thought it might be a good idea to share the status of submissions right now. Fiction submissions are done up to and including March 7th aside from three stories I’ve held for future consideration. Those authors will hear back from me by tomorrow at the latest, so if you’ve submitted fiction before or on March 7th and haven’t heard from me by tomorrow (March 31st) I didn’t get your email. Sorry.

The oldest poetry submission awaiting my attention right now is from March 1st. If you submitted prior to that and haven’t heard from me, again, I didn’t receive your submission.

Over the next week I hope to make significant progress regarding submits so if you feel like you’ve been waiting a long time, hang in there — I’m working on it. I promise.