Last week was crazy as we launched our inaugural issue here at the Quill.  We want to thank all of the people who registered on our website as well as those who submitted their work to us.  We’re humbled by the vast amount of interest and recognition we’ve received thus far.

As I was scheduled to be in literary residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts during most of this time, I also want to extend my gratitude to Josh for shouldering an exceptional amount of work, under an enormous amount of pressure. Thank you, Josh, and as always, I’m honoured to be your partner in this endeavour.

For those of you who have submitted work to us, or if you are thinking of submitting work to us, we would like to provide you with some direction.  While reviewing submissions for our inaugural issue, Josh and I read a large number of what appeared to be rough drafts, as well as work that was in need of improvement: particularly with plotting, story structure, proper sentence structure, and grammar, among other issues. We quite often had to reject these works, the large number of submission we received required us to focus on those writers who had submitted well-proofed, final drafts of their work.

In light of this, and in an effort to be of service to those who are looking to submit work, whether it’s to The Quill, or elsewhere, Josh will be weighing in regularly with a column about the things that are likely to get your work rejected out of hand.  I would highly recommend that all potential submitters read his ongoing columns.  He’ll be covering topics about the type of skills you need to develop, the books you should read to improve your craft, and the types of instruction you should look for to become a better writer.

As for me, having just returned from the gift of creativity in an exceptional environment, I’ll be focusing, for the next while at least, on what  I’ll call the softer, gentler side of the writing process. Fluffy bunny stuff like genre writing, wordsmithery and showing, not telling, among other topics.

So keep reading, keep writing, and keep submitting – we’re looking forward to working with you!

Colleen Cornez

January 21 2017

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