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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:52 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "The Last Story." This has exactly the quality I look for in translations: the language was vivid and evocative, and contained pleasant layers to it that reward rereading. One feels that the voice of the original author, and not just the plot, is reflected in the text. So that was great. I also have to admit that I very much liked the length of this -- I have a lot of inventory at novelet (7,501 words and longer) lengths right now, which means delays in getting things into publication, but I don't have enough stories in the 4500-7000 word range to help balance out the next few issues. So this hit a sweet spot for me there too.

At the same time, the story itself was mixed for me. I admired the historical and biographical elements of the story, and I liked the critical way that Poe was linked to the larger world (and not just the U.S.) tradition of speculative fiction. That was very readable. But I also felt that the speculative element in the story was slight, and functioned as an interlude or counterpoint -- it didn't feel to me that it arose out of either the beginning of the story or impacted the ending. In the end, I thought this was a very literary piece of fiction -- one that is about the genre's history much more than it is a genre story. Sometimes I buy those kinds of stories for F&SF, so I like to see them, but at the moment I'm looking for more stories with big ideas that fit solidly in the genre.

I'm going to pass on this story, but I wish you best of luck finding the right English language market for it. (You might try markets like Gamut, Shimmer, or other magazines with literary bents.) In the meantime, I feel that you and I are very close to connecting on something. The last couple stories that you've sent me have been very, very close. I hope that you will try me again with more work soon.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

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(Charles Finlay may well be the nicest editor I've ever contacted. Just note his recommendations for other markets. :) )

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:45 am

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin and Vladimir,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "Loving Loney Lone." I really liked the prose in this -- it was vivid, rich, and evocative -- all qualities that I like to see in F&SF.

At the same time, I had concerns about the pacing and sometimes had difficulty following the thread of the story. For me, the story didn't start moving forward and developing narrative momentum until p. 3, the scene beginning with: "Desire," the old Tec told her, "is the reason for our world’s existence." Even there, while I liked what the scene revealed about the characters, I didn't feel that it did enough to move the plot forward. This felt true to me in several scenes. It's also possible I was distracted by the numbering/letting system for scenes, trying to figure out if they constructed an argument or some other structure -- I never did figure that out.

Overall, while there is a lot here that I like, and while it's getting closer to the kind of story I'm looking for, this story didn't win me over and I'm going to pass on it for F&SF. I wish you best of luck finding the right market and an editor who really connects with what the story is doing. In the meantime, I appreciate your continued interest in F&SF and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:49 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin and Velichka,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "Enchantment." I thought this was a superb translation -- the prose was smooth and elegant, and exactly what I look for in any story for F&SF. The length of this story was also perfect -- it's a good size to fit in the magazine, but I have a hard time finding stories in this range. I also liked the intelligence and the thoughtful themes of this story. I thought the line "And what is art but letting someone's mighty will triumph upon others?" was one of the smartest observations I have read recently.


With all that said, I didn't love this piece. While I could see what the story-within-a-story section, where Matyo reads to Martha, on pages 3-6, were doing, I didn't find the parable engaging and it bounced me out of the story early on. Even when I kept on reading, I didn't feel strongly engaged with Martha, Matev, or Alexander as people, which meant the themes didn't resonate with me as strongly as I think they needed to.

Overall, while there is a lot here that I liked and that I look for, this specific story didn't quite win me over and I'm going to pass on it for F&SF. I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it. I appreciate your continued interest in F&SF and would be very interested in seeing more work by Velichka Nastradinova if I thought it might balance these kinds of intelligent themes and insights with characters who seem to have more layers to them.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:11 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin -- and Kiril and Valentin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "The Day People Saw." I really liked the quality of this translation, just in terms of the prose, and I thought Plum Man was fresh and interesting, something I hadn't seen before. At the same time, I thought the characters needed more layers to them, and, while there were some funny moments and asides in this, overall the story didn't win me over. I'm going to pass on this one for F&SF, but I wish you best of luck finding the right English language market for it. I appreciate your continued interest in F&SF and hope that you'll try me again with another new story.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:28 am

Нека закръглим радостите на три...

Publication: “The Dragon and the Orange Juice” in Aliterate #2

Отразих ни и във форумите на:

ShadowDance
- SciFi.bg
- chitanka.info
- „Ефремов“
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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:27 am

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "A Tale of Heroes and Villains." After seeing your capable hand in several translations, I was happy to see some of your own work. I thought Yin was an interesting character, and I liked the relationship between Yin and Sey. At the same time, the story felt rushed to me and the voice of the story was distant, so I didn't connect with them as strongly as I wanted to. Overall, this piece didn't quite win me over and I'm going to pass on it. I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it. I appreciate your continued interest in F&SF and hope that we can connect on a story or translation in the future.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:03 pm

Chuck Rothman's review of Aliterate #2 at Tangent

I always like to see science fiction from non-English-speaking authors; they tend to look at things with a different eye. "The Dragon and the Orange Juice" is by Bulgarian author Genoveva Detelinova about Vladimir, a relatively young wizard who discovers the other wizards are sending a dragon to "the other world"—which is actually our world. Seeing how this will disrupt things, Vladimir struggles to control the damage. This is a lighter story, with some nice funny lines, but goes on a bit too long for the idea.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:22 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "How to Outsmart the Devil." I liked the beginning of this, and I thought the writing was both smart and clever. As the story developed, the humor felt less satirical to me and more like slapstick, and while I appreciate the quality of the pun at the end, overall the ending of the story wasn't enough to quite win me over. I'm going to pass on this one for Fantasy & Science Fiction, but I wish you best of luck finding the right English language market and an editor who loves what the story is doing. In the meantime, I appreciate your continued interest in F&SF and hope that you'll give us a look at another story in the future.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:57 am

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read Kaloyan Zahariev's "Aspiring Magician." I liked the quality of the translation and I thought there were some amusing lines in this, but there were no surprises and overall the story didn't quite win me over. I'm going to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction, but I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.


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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Thu May 24, 2018 4:41 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection with a bonus:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "Ricochet" by Yancho Cholakov. I liked the quality of the translation and thought the prose was very smooth. I didn't love the opening of this, and for me the story didn't really get started until around page 3. Overall, this one didn't quite win me over and I'm going to have to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction. But I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

If you haven't already heard, I wanted to direct you toward Future Science Fiction Digest, a new English language magazine that will be specializing in publishing translations and work by non-Anglophone writers: https://alexshvartsman.com/2018/05/12/a ... on-digest/ While I hope that you will continue trying us at F&SF, and look forward to connecting on future stories with you, this may also be a good market for some of the work you've been producing.

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Dear Charlie:

Just dropping a note to say I'm awed by you care and consideration;
it's truly inspirational. Thank you for pointing us to Future Science
Fiction Digest; we'll definitely try them too.

With very, very warm regards,
Kalin @ HL

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:43 pm

Writers of the Future, Honorable Mention for Krasimira Stoeva's "Words Unspoken, Beasts Unnamed":

Dear Entrant,

Your story has been judged and is an Honorable Mention for the 2nd quarter.

Congratulations!!!

If you would like a certificate, please respond to this e-mail with the following:

1) the name of your story

2) your name as you would like it to appear on the certificate

3) and the address that you would like me to send it to.

4) Your legal name for mailing (the post office doesn't know your pen name and may send it back to me)

YOU WILL NOT GET A CERTIFICATE UNLESS YOU PROVIDE ME WITH THE INFORMATION ABOVE.

Even though you have never had to wait for results in order to submit for the next quarter, this hopefully gives you incentive to submit for Quarter 3, which is happening now, the deadline being 30 June. The more often you enter, the better chance you have of winning and contest judges always tell contestants to write as much as possible.



I do hope you are already working on that next story and do let me know that you did get this e-mail.



Best regards,

Joni Labaqui

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:52 am

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read XXXXX. I liked the quality of this translation, and I thought the story had interesting elements. At the same time, I wondered if maybe it started in the wrong place and needed a different event to set the narrative in motion, and I thought it relied on summary in places where scene might have made the story more immediate and compelling. Overall, this story didn't quite win me over and I'm going to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction. But I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it and hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

Also, I'm glad to see that you're seeking other routes to get wider recognition for your authors. I wish you luck with those.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:33 am

Third Flatiron Publishing, personal rejection:

Sorry.

“Aspiring Magician” was well received here, but we have decided it's not quite what we're
looking for in Third Flatiron's Fall 2018 anthology ("Terra! Tara! Terror!").
Thanks for submitting it to us, and best of luck with finding a good market for it.



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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:59 pm

Fantasy & Science Fiction, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for giving me a chance to read "As Beautiful as Bare Reality" -- I'm very pleased to see some more of your own work, just because I know you invest so much time in promoting the work of others.

The quality of the prose here is very good, but the story feels rushed to me, especially at the beginning where it sets up the characters and premise. I think that limits the impact of the story, and overall it didn't quite win me over. I'm going to pass on it for Fantasy & Science Fiction, but I wish you best of luck finding the right market for it -- you might try some of the online zines like Daily Science Fiction or Flash Fiction Online, which publish more stuff like this than F&SF does. Meanwhile, I hope that you'll keep us in mind in the future.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:43 am

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, personal rejection:

Hi, Kalin. I understand that you’re representing the authors of “The Glow of the River.” We liked the premise of this story and found Denn Sirr empathetic as a character.

Unfortunately, we felt the story was too long in the beginning pages, where Denn Sirr makes his journey and his backstory is revealed. (The core actions don’t start until p. 8, and much of what comes before could be condensed or woven into the action.) Also, we didn’t feel that Denn Sirr’s motivations for walking the Deinor road were clear. Why did he start down that path and what did he hope to find at the end? There are some other minor confusions here and there, and for these reasons, the story did not entirely work for us. (...)

~ Casey, Fantasy Editor.

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Re: Share the Joy

Postby Кал » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:41 pm

Analog, personal rejection:

Dear Kalin,

Thank you for letting me see "Loving Loney Lone." I'm sorry it didn't strike me as quite right for our present needs.

I rather like your style of writing and suggest that you try us again.



Sincerely,
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