First, just a short word on the GLM project and why it is now officially dead. When the idea was initially posted, and I agreed to shepherd it, we had tons of people sign up and say that they'd get involved. When the time came to submit material, however, we got only a handful of submissions. They were mostly poems and very short prose pieces. All put together, they might have filled ten pages. I extended the deadline, which did nothing but get more people promising to submit who never did. Then a few months later, after pressure from people to give it another try, I posted a new sign-up sheet and did the whole she-bang again...with exactly the same result. After that, I admitted defeat. One day in the distant future, when my publishing house has expanded and I have the funds I need to sponsor and publish it, I may revive the project and expand the submission pool to include facebook, The GYC, Myspace and other forums, but don't look for this to happen anytime soon. Having been burned on it twice, it is now on the bottom of my priorities list.
Now for the good news: If there are budding prose writers out there who are pining for a meaningful project, I will consider leading one this winter for up to five kids (kids meaning people 18 or under, not baby goats), but only if I know that I'm going to get serious participants. It would involve writing an original queer-themed story of between 2000 and 3000 words (that would be approximately 8-12 typed pages double-spaced). I still have to think up the theme and the rest of the rules and the exact dates, which I will do and post before Christmas if the interest is there. This would require a real commitment of time, involving not only writing an outline and the story itself, but also rewriting it - as I would be editing the stories and giving them back to you several times for new drafts. I want it to be fun, but ultimately, the purpose is to introduce you to the writer/editor relationship, give you a real-life collaborative experience, and teach you some valuable lessons on how to write clear, cogent and entertaining prose.
Now, if I go ahead with this, I will be picking the participants based strictly on submissions. Age, sex and prior friendship with yours truly will matter not one whit - only talent will count. The project duration would be about three months from beginning to end, which should give everyone enough time to do your regular school work and still give this the serious effort it will require. It will cost you nothing (I am donating all my time and covering any expenses involved myself), and those of you who successfully complete the project will get a nice certificate, as well as a written evaluation which, if you work hard and get a good one, could be a very nice addition to a college app.
Are you interested? Ready and willing to make a serious commitment in exchange for a valuable (and fun) learning experience? If so, PLEASE DON'T SEND ME ANYTHING NOW. I would appreciate it, though, if you'd post a reply here and tell me of your interest. You don't have to decide for sure to submit until I've posted the full project specs. You might, however, want to start thinking about what you would submit in order to get picked. I can tell you that all submissions need to be prose... no poetry. I like poetry, but a) I am not qualified to judge poetry, and b) good poetry does not necessarily translate into good prose. If I get enough replies to this post to make me believe there'll actually be submissions, then I'll move ahead and get the project specs finished and posted ASAP.
For those of you who don't know much about me, here's the link to my Oasis interview with Jeff. It will tell you a lot about who I am and why I love working with GLBT kids.
I hope I get lots of replies to this post, and then a big pile of submissions from which to select my five. A successful project will definitely lead to more; perhaps I can even persuade some other GLBT authors and editors (maybe some poets too!) to contribute their time as well. So let's get fired up and make this one work, okay?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Love to all,