February 7, 2017

Authors for 'Steadfast Tin Soldier' Issue


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:

Jude Tulli
Kathy Guttosch
Erin Newcomb
Rhonda Eikamp
Luisa Kay Reyes
Kiyomi Gaines
Alicia Cole
Rebecca Buchanan 

Thanks to everyone for your great submissions! 

Illustration by Shigeru Hatsuyama.


  1. See some friends in the line-up and am very excited for them! Can't wait to read the issue!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading these.

  3. Congratulations to everyone whose story was picked!

  4. Ooh! I'm so excited!

  5. Oh Kate, Thank you so much!! I can't tell you how very excited to have my work included in this issue--this has always been a favorite tale of mine, and to have my poem here just sends me over the moon! Can't wait to read them all. Hugs