It’s time to admit that we’ve already taken on at least as much as we can handle.
This is a disappointment of the ideological variety to me, and it’s a decision taken with regret. I am a fervent believer in open submissions, in giving the unagented as much of a shot at publication as the agented. I feel keenly the importance of keeping submissions open, of being ready to champion the Next Cool Thing. But the fact of the matter is we’re still very small, and only one of us is at this full-time, and even more important than an open-transom policy is doing justice to the writers and works we’ve already taken on.
It may be worth noting that we’re not closing to *unagented* submissions, but to essentially everything. We may, under unusual circumstances, still take a look at things that come to our attention–in workshops, for example. And we’re looking forward to opening submissions again when we have the resources to handle more. For now, writers who have queries in our submissions queue should consider those works released by us, with apologies for letting them languish as long as they did; we’ll be individually notifying as many writers as we can reach. Writers who have manuscripts on our desks can expect decisions in the next week or so; we expect to be able to take on one more writer for the lone remaining slot in our 2012 schedule.
We wish all the writers who have expressed interest in working with us the best of luck in finding just the right home for their work, and we look forward to seeing you in the submissions queue in the future.