We'll be extending our deadline for story submissions a few days, because Submittable has a maximum of 300 items per month, and we appear to have reached that before the end of December. So keep checking for updates. But you only have a limited time.
After that, the editors get to work doing what they do best, reading and culling the slush. This takes time, folks, so be patient with us. If you have submitted, you do know that you can check online for your manuscript's status without having to send us an email query.
While you wait for a reply, if you have never read On Spec (come on, we know you're out there), you may want to think about ensuring our continued existence by actually buying a subscription for yourself and/or a friend. This is the brutal truth. As a Canadian and Alberta arts magazine, we do receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Culture Multi-Media grant program. But the money is not coming from a bottomless well. The grants are getting smaller or possibly even being threatened by forces beyond our control. We can only do more with fewer resources for so long. We're not begging. A subscription to On Spec gives you hours of reading enjoyment. And then you can pass your copy along to someone else.
Remember you can also read On Spec in digital (pdf) form, currently with a Zinio subscription. Soon we will offer more formats for more ereaders.
If you are feeling particularly generous, you can also send us a gift to help with our projects, like the Teacher package, currently about to be launched for Middle School and Secondary English teachers. We can't provide a tax receipt, but we can certainly give our thanks.
Our very best wishes to all for a happy, peaceful, healthy and safe 2014.
The Editors and Staff of On Spec