I actually applied to be a slush reader (and was accepted) way back in December, but SH has been closed for a little longer than was expected. Still, we opened about eight hours, and I’m looking forward to reading my first stories.
I decided to start reading slush after my class with Nick Mamatas last summer. He said that a slush-reading stint could do wonders for a person’s writing. Now, this is something I’d heard before, but I’d always dismissed it as being too time-consuming for me. However, I’ve come to realize that if I am going to get better, then I really need to start doing all of the things that I am afraid to do. It is a little scary to have this fairy major commitment hanging over me. And it doesn’t help that this also means that I can’t submit to one of my top short story markets (Strange Horizons has rejected me more than any other market: 32 times). Still, I am confident that it’s the right thing to do.
And I am especially pleased to be doing it for SH. I’ve been reading it for years and it’s one of my favorite magazines. I’m not supposed to talk much about my slush reading (although I am allowed to say that I have the job), so I expect that this is the last that I’ll blog about it for awhile. Still, I thought it was something that was worth mentioning