Abaculus Stories and Contest Results

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Even though I posted the results on the 15th, I’ve still been getting several emails about where to view the results for the Writing.com contest, the stories that will be included in the book, and whether their story made it.

So here it is again:

For the Leucrota Press WRITING.COM contest entry (opened to Writing.com pre-registered members only) click here.

For the complete listing of all ACCEPTED and INCLUDED stories into Abaculus 2007, please view our previous posting here.

PLEASE READ:
If you DID NOT get an invitation letter sent to you by the 15th, and your name is NOT on the lists, it means your story was not accepted. We thank you for your submission, and we’re sorry that it did not make the cut. But we had to choose the best 20 stories out of the several hundred we received. It wasn’t that your story was necessarily bad, it’s just that there were others out there that were better.

Keep writing, and remember there is always next year.

Abaculus comic peek…

Here’s a peek sketch at a comic to be included in the Abaculus 2007 anthology. Besides the nearly 85,000 words of short stories, there will be also several illustrations and short scene-strips by comic artists Joe Navarro and Marlo Ting, creaters of the Poor Boy Comic strip.

This one is still under a critical eye…
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Abaculus Stories Chosen

This was originally posted as a comment to another post, but I figured it should probably be posted on the main page as well.

It took hours of contemplation, editors arguing with each other – some even walking out the door to cool off – but we finally were able to settle down (well, some of us at least) and come to an agreement and made our final list of story inclusions for Abaculus 2007.

We’re not going to post the list just yet. We’ll have that up no later than September 15th. We’re holding off until we contact the chosen authors, then send and receive anthology contracts before making any names known. We’re doing this to make sure that the authors and editors agree on everything, and that the details are finalized before going public.
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Congratulations to all selected submitters. Your writing stood out above all other submissions sent to us from across the board and around the world – stories sent in from China, Japan, Australia, England, Iceland, Germany, Cuba, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and of course, the USA – and we’re glad that we were able to give you that opportunity.

For those of you who did not make the cut, please, don’t stop writing. Stories submitted were pitted up against both new and seasoned authors, and trust me, it was not easy to whittle the numbers down to a handful from the several hundred we received.

Keep your chin up, and keep trying. You’ll get there.

Abaculus Cover Art Update

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The cover art for Abaculus 2007 is well underway. Talented budding artist Elizabeth John is doing a spectacular job of her rendering, and we’re very pleased with the developing results. Here are just two peeks at the work in progress, just as a teaser.

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Abaculus – 2007 Anthology Update

Abaculus is a yearly collection of the best and most unique science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories of 2007. The book will include authors from all levels of writing, and from all corners of the earth. We will also be featuring several pieces from comic artists Joe Navarro and Marlo Ting, as well as debuting the cover artwork by the newest Leucrota Pack member, Elizabeth John.

We are currently in the editing process, and finalizing the last few open slots by choosing through the few hundred entries we received during the last week of submissions. We were amazed and delighted by the number of international entries, and by the quality of the many amateur submissions. We even received several by a few very talented and promising teens, who stood out among others even before noting the age difference.

Judging was based primarily on plot, characterization, originality, author’s voice and tone, and overall reading enjoyment.

Abaculus will be relased on December 7, 2007. Preorders will be available after November 1, 2007.