Podcasts!

badge imageAfter Metaphorosis launched in January 20156, I was frequently asked when we planned to start podcasting our stories. For years, it seemed too much to take on, but in  late 2018, thanks to initial Podcast Editor Mike Ward, we began gearing up, and in January 2019, we launched our first podcast episode with The Book of Regrets by M.J. Gardner. We podcast occasional episodes during most of that year, until, in fall 2019, Mike handed over duties to incoming Podcast Editor Matt Gomez. Since then, we’ve podcast every story – a new one every week – without missing a beat. Now, Podbean (our podcast distributor) tells me that we’ve passed the 10,000 download point.

Thanks to all of you podcast listeners for tuning in, to Mike for getting us going, and to Matt for making the process so smooth and dependable. We’ve got more podcasts coming, so keep listening. If you’re not subscribed yet, it’s easy – just go to podcast.metaphorosis.com and start following us.

WSFA Small Press Award finalist – E.A. Brenner

We’re very pleased to announce that E.A. Brenner’s story “Familiar in Her Angles” was selected as a finalist for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award. “Familiar in Her Angles” was published in Metaphorosis on 21 September 2018. Congratulations to Ms. Brenner on this richly deserved recognition. See the official announcement and other finalists at WSFA or the Small Press Award site. The winner will be announced at this year’s CapClave in Rockville, Maryland …

Changes to the Metaphorosis feedback process

As I’ve long feared, my sins are catching up with me. Stripped of metaphor, what this means is that submissions have increased, and changes to our editorial feedback are required. I’ve long worked by three rules: Rapid response. Feedback to all authors who want it. I read all stories to the end. Alas, there are simply too many submissions to keep all this up. In response, I’m starting to break some of my rules, starting …

Bigfoot!

Inspired by Shimmer (badger) and Capricious (hedgehog), we decided that after two years of operation, it was past time for Metaphorosis to have a cute, cuddly mascot. We’re nominally based in the Pacific Northwest, so we naturally looked around for a local candidate. We didn’t have to look far. Bigfoot and her family are everywhere on the Oregon coast. And by Bigfoot, I mean, of course, our new mascot – the banana slug, Ariolimax columbianus. …

Statistics – the first 2 years of submissions

Metaphorosis has been open for submissions for two years now, which seemed a suitable point for another round of statistics. This time, though, rather than a comprehensive dig through the results, I’ve chosen a few tidbits that may be of interest. The period covers 1 Oct 2015 to 30 Sep 2017. About the submitters Most common submitter first name: David (more on that in January…) Submitters requesting “no feedback”: 9% Not anonymous: 8% (since 1 …