Choosing the authors for the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" issue was unusually difficult. Although the number of submissions was lower than usual, the quality was amazingly high. I've done some complaining here about authors not following the submissions guidelines and about receiving submissions that were incompatible with publication on EC. But I can't complain this time. The submissions were terrific.
I will go so far as to say, for the first and probably last time, that all the submissions were publishable. I don't write that lightly. So those of you whose work was not chosen, it wasn't because it wasn't good.
When choosing works for an issue, I am always thinking about the issue as a whole, from a mix of voices to which works provide good opportunities for art. I also think about whose work has been in issues a lot recently, and about how many new or almost new voices to feature. I think it's important for me to keep things fresh. So while quality is always paramount, other factors are in the mix. I almost always have to leave some excellent work alone, but my finances are tight!
So, without further explanation, here are the authors for the "Steadfast Tin Soldier" issue:
Luisa Kay Reyes
Thanks to everyone for your great submissions!
Illustration by Shigeru Hatsuyama.