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Title: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on December 21, 2020, 09:00 PM
One of my critique group members and I are working on stories for the subject contest. I emailed the contact person with a question and so far have not received a response . My question is as follows: Does the story need to be nonfiction or can it be a fictional story that mixes in ghostly NF elements?  Any information on this question would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

Ken Major
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: David Wright on December 22, 2020, 07:02 AM
I think the instructions of "Inspired by local/regional events or myths"  give a lot of freedom.

They also say "We hope you will put your own spin on the story, your own voice and/or background, to ensure that the story is relevant to our contemporary times."

So I'd say there's a fair amount of latitude. And I think the "place" is more important than veracity.

Just my opinion though. I am not connected to the contest.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on December 22, 2020, 07:13 AM
Hi David,

Thank you for responding. My gut was that they were looking for NF, but my critique partner thought otherwise. Hopefully, we will get a response from the contest contact person soon. I emailed the person three days ago.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on December 22, 2020, 12:32 PM
I'm with David. The instructions give a lot leeway whether the story is fiction or nonfiction: "Nationally known or relatively unheard of, based in fact or based entirely in local lore, these stories should capture the spooky side of the U.S."  Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on December 22, 2020, 06:02 PM
The people I've known who've submitted have written fiction and that was my take too, but I thought the deadline had passed. Never mind. I see they extended it. Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 05:24 AM
Debbie and Vijaya,

Thank you for your response.  I never did get a response, which I thought was strange. As a result, my critique partner and I just submitted our entries.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on January 09, 2021, 07:49 AM
Ken, many contests don't acknowledge your entry, but good luck!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 07:54 AM
They did acknowledge my entry via an email response copy of the entry. But that wasn't the issue. I had a specific question that never got answered. But that's okay. I just wanted to clarify thing. Thanks.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Vijaya on January 09, 2021, 08:08 AM
Oh, I see. I'm glad you got your entry in.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on January 09, 2021, 06:49 PM
Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on January 09, 2021, 09:09 PM
Thanks, Debbie!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: toni-floyd on January 17, 2021, 04:49 PM
Does anyone know when we will know if our story has been chosen or not?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: RebeccaL-G on January 18, 2021, 07:53 AM
I heard the short list will be decided by January 30 and the final decision, in conjunction with the publisher, is expected by March 15.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: toni-floyd on January 18, 2021, 08:41 AM
Thank you for the info on decision dates!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 05, 2021, 05:51 AM
FYI-I received an email rejection from SCBWI on 2/2/21. Good luck to all those still in the running! I understand there were quite a few entries according to the email.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 05, 2021, 05:55 PM
The Insight that came out today mentioned they were still deciding. (It was at the end of the diversity events piece.) Continued good luck to those who entered.

Ken, you might consider trying a magazine for your story, either before the book pubs or a few years after it. I think the magazines are going to see a slew of these for a while. Onward!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 05, 2021, 08:40 PM
Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the heads up on Insight details regarding the Haunted States entries. I am in the process of trying to find a magazine that might seriously consider my story. I really appreciate all the advice I get from people on the Blueboard.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on March 15, 2021, 11:08 AM
Hi,

I just read through this thread. I hope to hear about the winners of this contest today, March 15th!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 15, 2021, 11:32 AM
Has there been any decision made about the Haunted Sates of America submissions?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: hayley-diep on March 16, 2021, 10:23 AM
Has anyone heard back from Haunted States of America submissions? I haven't heard anything from them since I last submitted.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 16, 2021, 11:08 AM
Still no word yet!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on March 16, 2021, 12:46 PM
Since I received a rejection back in early February, I suspect that if you haven't heard anything, your ms is still being considered. Good luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 16, 2021, 01:21 PM
Ken,
Thank you for responding!

Kathleen
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 16, 2021, 02:42 PM
I'm waiting too! (Hopefully I didn't miss if there was a  rejection email)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on March 17, 2021, 09:14 AM
I haven't heard anything yet. Last I heard, I was still in the running in early February. My fingers are crossed.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 17, 2021, 11:43 AM
Best of luck. Just curious, did you get a notification in Feb that you were still in the running? I haven't heard anything one way or the other, so I am just wondering!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: seina-otaru on March 17, 2021, 04:47 PM
I haven't heard anything yet as well.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 17, 2021, 05:51 PM
I haven't heard anything yet as well.

Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on April 02, 2021, 04:49 AM
Has anyone heard back about this yet? I keep worrying that an email has gone to my SPAM folder and I've missed it.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on April 02, 2021, 07:31 AM
I haven't heard anything, either. And I keep checking my spam folder, just in case!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on April 02, 2021, 08:42 AM
I haven't heard anything either.  Still hoping for the best!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 02, 2021, 09:27 AM
Nope- I haven't heard anything yet either.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 02, 2021, 12:27 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who's quietly obsessing about it!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 06, 2021, 07:59 AM
I'm assuming they aren't in a rush to pick winners, as they have until October 31st haha.

Does anyone know how long of a lead time do they need to put a book like this into print by October?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on April 13, 2021, 01:16 PM
Hi everyone,
Last week I received a reply to an email I sent, and was told they're in the second round of judging. The message also mentioned that if you haven't received an official "no" from them, this means you are in the second round!  It finished with, "We will notify everyone soon."
Good luck to all!
cheers,
Steve
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on April 13, 2021, 05:37 PM
Thank you for the update. Good luck to all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 13, 2021, 06:02 PM
Yes, good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 14, 2021, 11:52 AM
Good luck to all those still in the running!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on April 16, 2021, 05:13 AM
Thank you I haven’t heard anything for along time. How many rounds are there?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 17, 2021, 05:36 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 17, 2021, 06:33 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken

Happy sales to you! It's always great when you can repurpose something.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on April 17, 2021, 06:43 PM
Thanks, Debbie! I appreciate your help and advice.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on April 18, 2021, 08:01 PM
FYI, back in early February, I received a rejection letter for the contest. I decided to take my finished ms and try to get it published elsewhere. I'm happy to report that I was successful in doing so. My entry was written as a NF piece, which might have hurt my chances in the contest. Anyway, the ms was published several weeks ago in Paranormal Underground Magazine and I actually got paid for it! So if anyone falls short on getting into the book, try what I did. Good luck .

Ken

That's great to hear, Ken! Thanks for the heads up.
Mike
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on April 19, 2021, 07:28 AM
Fantastic, Ken!  :bananadance :broccoli :carrot :bananakilt :ceilingdance :chickendance :jump
 :congratswave
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on April 19, 2021, 07:29 AM
Congrats, Ken!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on April 19, 2021, 03:31 PM
Does anyone know results from the contest? I see that a book with the same title  was published in 2001. Thanks!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on April 20, 2021, 03:37 PM
I do not believe a decision has been made as of yet.  Sounds like we are all waiting.  Good Luck!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on May 01, 2021, 02:21 PM
Any news yet? I've had some email issues over the past two weeks, so just double checking that I didn't miss anything. After thinking we would find out on March 15th, I'm having a hard time waiting! :) Congrats on your magazine publication, Ken!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on May 03, 2021, 05:36 PM
I haven't heard anything yet, either. I guess no news is good news in this case? Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on May 03, 2021, 06:07 PM
Thanks, Susanne! Hoping all posters get published in the contest book!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on May 18, 2021, 07:56 AM
So glad I found this thread! I've been waiting and wondering myself - desperately checking my spam folder and trash and everything! Any updates from anyone yet?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on May 19, 2021, 07:09 PM
I also haven't heard anything, and regularly checking my junk mail, just in case. Maybe this is good news? We shall see. Good luck to you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on May 19, 2021, 07:32 PM
I found out they are on round 2 today.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on May 20, 2021, 05:51 AM
No word yet. Good luck everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on May 20, 2021, 03:39 PM
I found out they are on round 2 today.

Haven’t they been on Round 2 since February!? Why do they hate us so much!? 😭😂
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on May 20, 2021, 03:53 PM
It is becoming quite haunting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: seina-otaru on May 20, 2021, 04:02 PM
Still hoping for good news all around.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on May 20, 2021, 06:26 PM
It is becoming quite haunting.

😂
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: susanne-whitehouse on May 24, 2021, 06:17 AM
I found out they are on round 2 today.

Thank you, Natalie! Just curious how you found out this information? There seems to be very little info out there!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: dee-leone on May 26, 2021, 07:34 PM
Several people mentioned getting rejections right around the time of the Winter Conference.

I checked in with SCBWI a couple of weeks ago. It's my understanding that the remaining entries are in the hands of the publisher, but it's taking longer than originally thought to get the final decisions.

Good luck to everyone who is still in the running!  :goodluck
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: mrh on May 27, 2021, 06:44 AM
I checked in with SCBWI a couple of weeks ago. It's my understanding that the remaining entries are in the hands of the publisher
Ah. Then you're at the mercy of the publisher, so to speak, and SCBWI has no further control over what happens (or doesn't).

Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on May 27, 2021, 05:56 PM
Good luck to all still in the running.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: meredith-flory on June 10, 2021, 02:11 PM

Several of you mentioned "checking in" or getting rejections, etc... Is there a particular person to do so with or a list of long/shortlisted somewhere or should we assume no news is good news? I haven't heard anything, but it's possible I suppose something went into SPAM and I didn't see it., but magazines are starting to look for October content, so while I'm happy to wait, also if I did miss a rejection I might want to send it elsewhere.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on June 22, 2021, 05:59 AM
Hi Meredith,
I think many of us are wondering the same thing..."Did my rejection go to spam and I missed it?"
It seems that a few people have heard back about some details, but many have not heard a thing back and are are still wondering and waiting about the timeline...
We are all hoping the best!  GOOD LUCK for New Mexico!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on June 23, 2021, 12:38 PM
I have been wondering about this as well. I haven't heard anything but did hear from SCBWI months ago that a decision was going to come soon and that the publisher was doing its second review. Good luck to everyone!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on July 07, 2021, 12:45 PM
I tried emailing and calling SCBWI to ask for a status update and so far haven't heard anything... Anyone else having more luck?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on July 07, 2021, 04:56 PM
Hi,

Has anyone heard anything about this contest?  If the winners have been chosen, I’d consider submitting my story somewhere else for Halloween. Thank you! Christine Page
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on July 09, 2021, 08:25 AM
I do not believe that anyone knows what phase this contest is in or when we might know.
Hope for the best!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on July 15, 2021, 03:02 PM
Just curious if anyone’s getting rejections or maybe there just waiting to tell the winners they won and no one else?  I thought they were aiming towards this October to publish but maybe not because it’s almost the middle of July.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: michael-toledano on July 22, 2021, 08:33 AM
Hey everyone,

I actually decided to email customer service at Macmillan just to ask if there is a timeline and I was told that I should check back with SCBWI because it is part of their submission process... I'm guessing this was just a customer service rep who may not have had the full picture, but oh well. Just thought I'd share.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on July 23, 2021, 04:54 AM
Thanks for your efforts Michael!
Hoping for the best for everyone.
We should support and celebrate virtually when this is decided.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: rachel-menard on August 10, 2021, 08:04 AM
August 10th and I still haven't heard anything. Does anyone else have a new update? I hope this means I'm still in the running. *Fingers Crossed*
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on August 11, 2021, 08:41 AM
I sent an email today to the SCBWI contact email that I have for the contest (i.e. the person who contacted me in Feb), asking for an update on the timeframe/status of this contest. I'll report back if I get a response. I'm wondering if there's going to be a publication at this point.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: daniel-barlekamp on August 11, 2021, 08:54 AM
Hi all,

Last week I also emailed the SCBWI person who had been listed as the contact for this contest, but I haven't heard back. Ditto on wondering whether this publication is still happening.

Dan
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on August 11, 2021, 10:06 AM
I got an email back, but it’s not particularly helpful:
“I’m afraid I don’t have any news on this yet. We are waiting to hear back from the publisher. We’ll let you know once we have more news.”
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on August 11, 2021, 10:37 AM
The pandemic has delayed so many books, mine included, so it wouldn't surprise me if the book release date has been pushed back. I think that's more likely than a cancellation. You also never know what's going on with editors. A key person could have covid, a death in the family . . .
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on August 11, 2021, 01:06 PM
The pandemic has delayed so many books, mine included, so it wouldn't surprise me if the book release date has been pushed back. I think that's more likely than a cancellation. You also never know what's going on with editors. A key person could have covid, a death in the family . . .

Hopefully it’s just a delay and I sure hope it’s not due to anybody’s personal troubles/tragedies. I just think the professional thing to do would be to let applicants know something, even if that something is that publication, and thus selection, has been delayed, instead of radio silence for more than six months. But that’s the publishing industry, I guess.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on August 13, 2021, 07:32 AM
Hi all! I was able to have a publicist contact I know connect me with someone from Godwin Books. I asked the staffer if I can relay a message and was told to please let you all know that the authors of the selected stories will be notified by the end of the year. Hope this helps!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on August 13, 2021, 09:08 AM
That is really helpful to know the wait time.
Will those NOT selected be notified at the same time?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: marlaina-cockcroft on August 15, 2021, 09:48 AM
Thanks for finding that out, Amaris!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Dyani on August 17, 2021, 05:48 PM
Hi all! I was able to have a publicist contact I know connect me with someone from Godwin Books. I asked the staffer if I can relay a message and was told to please let you all know that the authors of the selected stories will be notified by the end of the year. Hope this helps!

Thank you for sharing this with us!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on September 09, 2021, 12:20 PM
Ok, I emailed someone through McMillian and they forwarded my email to someone in charger of the book. This is what they said:

Hi, Natalie! I'm Rachel Murray of Godwin Books - it's so nice to e-meet you, and deepest apologies for the long delay in our response to your story for the Haunted States collection!

This year has been a bit of a whirlwind, and so it's taken us longer than we'd hoped to evaluate our wonderful submissions. We're still in the process of choosing the stories that will be featured in the collection (right now, our plan for publication is Spring 2023, in time for the Halloween season), but as soon as we're done, we'll notify each person whose work is selected. That will be before the end of the year.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on September 11, 2021, 04:46 PM
Thank you for the update!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on September 12, 2021, 11:11 AM
Thank you for the update, Natalie!
Title: Haunted Short Stories from states
Post by: mary-broussard on September 14, 2021, 10:49 AM
Hi. Have they announced who has been selected for the haunted short story writing publications? I have not received a rejection email or an acceptance email. Just curious.
Mary Beth Broussard
















? I have not gotten a rejection email or an acceptance email. Just curious.
Mary Beth Broussard
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on September 14, 2021, 06:16 PM
Hi. Have they announced who has been selected for the haunted short story writing publications? I have not received a rejection email or an acceptance email. Just curious.
Mary Beth Broussard
















? I have not gotten a rejection email or an acceptance email. Just curious.
Mary Beth Broussard

Mary, there are some helpful comments above in the thread. They've pushed the book back to next year and have not made final decisions yet. Read more above.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: mary-broussard on September 16, 2021, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the update.
Mary Beth Broussard
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on September 28, 2021, 10:07 AM
These updates are fantastic! Thank you all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on November 29, 2021, 04:45 PM
Happy Holidays!
Hope you are all well.
Perhaps we will get an update soon.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on December 01, 2021, 11:44 AM
Hello,

Has anyone heard back from the publisher about their submissions? Happy Holidays, everyone!

Best,

Amaris
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: ronald-cashman on December 01, 2021, 01:42 PM
Happy Holidays All!

Like others, curious to know if anyone has heard from the publisher. Thanks!

Ron
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on December 29, 2021, 04:30 PM
Emailed the editor from the place doing the book and this is the response she gave me.

Apologies, we haven't been able to make all our selections just yet, but we're working away on Haunted States. We recently added a new person to the team, which should be a big help - I'm going to check in with her as soon as the office reopens, but I didn't want the year to end without word from us.



All my best,
Rachel Murray | Godwin Books / Henry Holt BYR | Associate Editor
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: trace-francis on December 29, 2021, 08:21 PM
Thanks Natalie for the update. I hadn't heard anything, and I was very relieved to see your post. Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: ronald-cashman on December 30, 2021, 11:52 AM
Thanks so much for the update, Natalie! Been so strange to me how this pretty much went into a black hole after the original call for submissions. Happy New Year, all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: wendy-booydegraaff on January 13, 2022, 07:33 AM
Thanks to those who have checked in on this!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: carole-sick on January 14, 2022, 04:08 PM
Yes, thanks to all of you who have  posted comments and updates.  They have been a source of encouragement during this long process!!
Carole Sick
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on February 01, 2022, 07:05 PM
Yes, echoing all the thank yous already posted! I really appreciate you taking the time to keep us all updated, Natalie! And how kind of Rachel to get in touch with you before the new year. Good luck to all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on February 02, 2022, 02:16 PM
From SCBWI Insight.....
Haunted States of America Update: Submissions Re-Open for Selected States
 
The anthology that SCBWI is preparing for publication by the Laura Godwin imprint at Henry Holt is finally underway. Your submissions have been read and submitted to the publisher, and just this week, we confirmed that the finalists for the first five states have been selected. The authors will be notified next week. If you have heard from us with a rejection notice, then your submission is no longer in contention. If you have not yet heard from us, it means that your submission is still under consideration. Please bear with us as we go through what has turned out to be a slower-than-normal process. All of publishing has been impeded by the pandemic, but we assure you that the project is moving forward.
 
A further announcement is that there are still several states that we would like to see additional submissions from Delaware, Mississippi, South Dakota, Washington DC, Indiana, West Virginia, Wyoming, Oregon, Alaska, Maryland, Missouri, and North Carolina. If you are affiliated with any of those states, and would like to submit a scary story set in one of them, your submission will be accepted until March 1.

To submit your short story for one of the states that we need more submissions from, please click HERE.  Please keep in mind that we are looking for contemporary stories that give a real sense of place.
Each story should have a 1,300 word limit, be intended for middle grade readers, and emphasize a specific locale within the state. As many locale details as possible will make your story stand out from the pack.
 
Expect to get regular updates on this project, and to hear from us if your story has been accepted.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 02, 2022, 07:23 PM
Congrats to all those still in contention and the five writers chosen to date.  One more chance for those writers associated with the states mentioned in the post. 
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on February 03, 2022, 10:40 AM
So, it’s taken more than a YEAR to pick five of fifty winners,  and the contest is being reopened in certain states after an embarrassingly long passage of time. And the only way we know this is by reading the SCBWI Insight. How about  the courtesy of a simple email updating contest applicants who have been waiting since last December? I’m impressed with the positive attitude so many of you have maintained during this entire process, I can’t say I feel the same.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 03, 2022, 11:03 AM
Don't be too impressed. Some of us, like me, received rejections back in January, 2021. I understand your frustration though.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 03, 2022, 08:52 PM
So, it’s taken more than a YEAR to pick five of fifty winners,  and the contest is being reopened in certain states after an embarrassingly long passage of time. And the only way we know this is by reading the SCBWI Insight. How about  the courtesy of a simple email updating contest applicants who have been waiting since last December? I’m impressed with the positive attitude so many of you have maintained during this entire process, I can’t say I feel the same.

I didn't apply, but I do suspect they got way more entries than expected. Probably thousands from NY and other states with larger populations. It would have taken someone a long time to gather those emails and send individual updates. However, they could have put this in an earlier Bulletin or Insight, so I also understand your frustration. In any case, good luck to those still in the running.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on February 04, 2022, 01:21 PM
Alison-
I think many of us feel the stress of waiting. 
This has been a long wait.
It was good to hear something finally.
Perhaps five people will know  more next week.
 Hang in there!

Best to Everyone!
KRL
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: megan-lipset on February 09, 2022, 04:53 AM
Hi there -- it would be awesome if people would post if they have been chosen or if they know which states have been notified. It was unclear if only a certain 5 states would hear this week. Thanks and best of luck!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on February 11, 2022, 08:53 AM
Hello all! I agree, Megan, it would be great if anyone hears anything about being selected, if they can post it here! Also, Kenneth, could I ask what email address your rejection email came from? I'm terrified that I've missed a rejection somewhere in my junk/spam email. That would be so helpful to know - thank you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on February 11, 2022, 12:04 PM
I'm still waiting, too, and have wondered if a rejection could have gone to my junk mail (though I have checked!). I sure hope to hear, one way or the other, someday soon. Good luck to everyone still waiting!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 12, 2022, 10:32 AM
Hi Heather,

My rejection letter came from the SCBWI webmaster from the email address :  info@scbwi.org

I hope this helps.

Ken
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on February 12, 2022, 01:40 PM
Ken-
Thanks for sharing.
Hope all is well!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: heather-morris1 on February 12, 2022, 08:32 PM
Yes, Ken, thank you so much! I'm going to do a search right away. Fingers crossed. :)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on February 16, 2022, 08:55 AM
Hi everyone! Has anyone received notice from the publisher on this opportunity? I am curious. Perhaps those first five writers selected are not allowed to say so publicly yet. Hopefully we will all hear soon.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on February 16, 2022, 02:41 PM
Haven't heard anything, and I remain somewhat hopeful.  But mostly I assume that I received a rejection long ago, and somehow missed it.  Good luck y'all!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on February 19, 2022, 08:27 AM
I still haven't heard anything, either. There's always the possibility that I missed a rejection e-mail, but I can't help holding out a little hope until results are announced. :)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: natalie-cohn on February 23, 2022, 08:57 AM
I wish they would tell us what five states were already chosen then I can know if I’m still waiting or not.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: trace-francis on February 24, 2022, 02:58 PM
Yes, Natalie. I agree. I would love to submit my story for another writing contest if I wasn't selected.  Hopefully, soon. 
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: trace-francis on February 25, 2022, 03:57 PM
I got an email from SCBWI this evening. While I made it to the final round, I wasn’t chosen for the anthology.  I’m blessed that I made it this far. I would love to read the stories that will be in the anthology. Wishing everyone the best of luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 25, 2022, 06:29 PM
Sorry you didn't make it Tracé. Find somewhere else to submit it before there is a flood of these stories out there. I think magazines will be seeing a lot of rejected Haunted States stories in the coming months.

Well, I guess that means they've selected NY.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: alison-thayer on February 25, 2022, 08:03 PM
I also received the same rejection this evening. Good luck to those of you who haven’t heard, I hope that means good news for you!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kenneth-major on February 25, 2022, 08:26 PM
Glad to hear things are at least moving forward. Those of you who recently received rejections, I received one over a year ago. I went on and got my story published in a magazine two months later. Good luck to all entrants.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: KatyD on February 26, 2022, 11:03 AM
I got news yesterday--and it was good! It appears that notifications are in progress, and from what I understand, everyone should know by sometime next week. Good luck to all those still waiting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: stephen-costanza on February 26, 2022, 11:47 AM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on February 26, 2022, 05:13 PM
Congratulations, KatyD! And congratulations, too, to Trace and Alison, for making it to the final round. I hope, like Kenneth, you can find the right place for your stories. (And thanks for sharing that, Kenneth!)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: trace-francis on February 26, 2022, 07:32 PM
Congratulations KatyD!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 01, 2022, 06:15 AM
Just sharing this article/list of winners from the SCBWI Insight email. Congrats to the winners!

https://www.scbwi.org/haunted-states-of-america-makes-strides-forward/
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on March 01, 2022, 01:35 PM
I'm probably the only one who counted up the states and realized that one was missing. Maine is AWOL. There are a lot of writers in my state (which is open), so I am thinking they're hunting for more diverse writers.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 01, 2022, 06:21 PM
I'm probably the only one who counted up the states and realized that one was missing. Maine is AWOL. There are a lot of writers in my state (which is open), so I am thinking they're hunting for more diverse writers.

If I look at the article above and start counting from 36, I get to 50 plus Washington DC. Maine may have been selected already, but possibly they haven't notified the winner yet. You're right that it isn't in the winner's list. It could also be the person who typed this missed it. You could email and ask about it.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lauren-redmond on March 01, 2022, 07:16 PM
I have a couple questions about this contest, so I thought I'd ask here! The email today said no more than 500 words, but the submission link says 1300 words. Which one is correct?
Also, I have a spooky MG story that isn't based in specific legend or folklore, but takes place in the Natural History museum in  Washington, DC.  Anyone know if this would be ok to submit, since it's a story from my own imagination?
(*adding that I lived in DC for 5 years, so I definitely have a connection to the area)
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: amaris-castillo on March 02, 2022, 09:41 AM
Congratulations to all the winners!! I am excited to read these stories, and best of luck to anyone considering a new story for the remaining states. I'm curious: did everyone rejected get an email from the publisher saying so? It's strange; I didn't get any word but saw that my state was chosen and included in the official announcement. Best of luck to everyone and hope you're able to place your stories elsewhere.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 02, 2022, 06:47 PM
I have a couple questions about this contest, so I thought I'd ask here! The email today said no more than 500 words, but the submission link says 1300 words. Which one is correct?
Also, I have a spooky MG story that isn't based in specific legend or folklore, but takes place in the Natural History museum in  Washington, DC.  Anyone know if this would be ok to submit, since it's a story from my own imagination?
(*adding that I lived in DC for 5 years, so I definitely have a connection to the area)

My email says 1300 words.  For your other question, you'll have to look at the information on the website or ask whomever the contact is. Blueboard staff isn't involved with this.

Amaris, my friend did get a rejection via email. See posts on the prior page of this thread. Maybe check your spam folders.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Sonya Bright on March 02, 2022, 07:39 PM
They've updated the post with the correct information now.  ::-)

It seems like a fun contest. What a pity I live in Australia and have nothing to contribute!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: melissa-haylock on March 02, 2022, 07:40 PM
Amaris-Castillo, I didn't see a rejection email, either. I do check my spam folder regularly, but in the 1 year+ that this went on, it is entirely possible that I missed it. But, yes, like you, I send my congrats to all the winners and best wishes to those looking to place their stories elsewhere.

Lauren, I saw in the Insight letter, they were saying 500 words. That surprised me, because in the original call (and in today's email) it said 1300. If  you are submitting for one of the remaining spots, I think it would be worthwhile to clarify, just to be sure. Good luck! 
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lrzajac on March 03, 2022, 02:12 AM
It's 1300 words. I would never bother a busy editor to ask a mundane question like, where's Maine😂. My thought this morning was that maybe they have so many entries for some states they're doing a separate book for those states. Wishful thinking, I know.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lauren-redmond on March 03, 2022, 03:48 AM
My email says 1300 words.  For your other question, you'll have to look at the information on the website or ask whomever the contact is. Blueboard staff isn't involved with this.

Amaris, my friend did get a rejection via email. See posts on the prior page of this thread. Maybe check your spam folders.


Thanks, Debbie. You’re right, the new email today confirmed 1300 words. There isn’t a listed contact anywhere though, just a link back to the general SCBWI help form which has been less than responsive for me. If anyone knows who I can contact, please let me know!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lisa-fraustino on March 03, 2022, 06:27 AM
Watching my email, hoping to hear about my Maine story, oh ayuh.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: dinalapomy101 on March 04, 2022, 04:40 AM
Lauren -- I would just submit it. The worst they can do is reject it. The guidelines say they have to be inspired by local events or myths, so if you can revise it to be related to something like that you probably have a better chance.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: trace-francis on March 04, 2022, 05:59 AM
Lauren, I remember somewhere in the latest update it said you can also have strong ties to the state. I definitely would submit your story for Washington, D.C. 

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on March 09, 2022, 08:05 AM
Any news on the MAINE selection???
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lisa-fraustino on March 09, 2022, 03:31 PM
Kathleen, no, I still haven't heard anything about my Maine story. 
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: christine-lyons on March 23, 2022, 05:23 AM
Has anyone heard anything about the Maine story?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on April 05, 2022, 02:06 PM
Hi,

I saw a list of the winners a couple of weeks ago but North Carolina was not on it. Is there now a completed list? I also never received a rejection letter. Congratulations to those who won!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 05, 2022, 06:58 PM
Hi,

I saw a list of the winners a couple of weeks ago but North Carolina was not on it. Is there now a completed list? I also never received a rejection letter. Congratulations to those who won!

I don't think they've put out the remaining states yet.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: jennifer-dillard on April 21, 2022, 07:48 AM
Has anyone gotten a response to a submission sent under the March 21 deadline? Thanks!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: samantha-cassetta on April 22, 2022, 10:21 AM
Not yet! It sounds like it took them a really long time to sort through the original submissions. I'm trying not to think about it (hence my checking this thread to see if anyone has heard anything . . .  ;D )
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: maya-duff on April 25, 2022, 12:23 PM
I haven't heard back yet either, and am dying to know!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: samantha-cassetta on April 28, 2022, 12:53 PM
Just FYI, I received a (very polite) form rejection for one of my stories earlier this afternoon.  According to it, if you submitted multiple stories you should receive a separate rejection for each. Having received only one e-mail I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my second story . . . We'll see!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on April 29, 2022, 08:39 AM
Has anyone else gotten rejections? Or acceptance letters for the 3/21 submission? A friend of mine had a rejection yesterday but I’ve heard nothing! Diligently checked my spam too…dying to know!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on April 29, 2022, 06:41 PM
Fingers crossed for those still waiting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lauren-redmond on April 29, 2022, 06:48 PM
Has anyone else gotten rejections? Or acceptance letters for the 3/21 submission? A friend of mine had a rejection yesterday but I’ve heard nothing! Diligently checked my spam too…dying to know!

I got a rejection yesterday also. Sending good vibes for those of you still waiting!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on April 30, 2022, 09:31 AM
Shoot so sorry Lauren!

Have any of you/anyone you know gotten acceptance notices from the 3/21 submission date? It sounds like the contest has been very drawn out but just wondering how long I should keep my hopes up! 😂
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: maya-duff on May 03, 2022, 08:16 AM
Rejection for me too, wah wah
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on May 03, 2022, 09:56 AM
Rejection for me too, wah wah

I’m so sorry Maya! Did the rejection come today?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lisa-rose1 on May 03, 2022, 02:03 PM
Nothing in my inbox. I submitted for Oregon. Hard not to check obsessively!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on May 04, 2022, 11:03 AM
From SCBWI Insight today for those who missed it:

“ Haunted States Update

A big THANK YOU to all the authors who sent in stories for the sixteen states that were low on submissions. We are almost done reading the hundreds of stories we received and will send out notifications soon. Thank you for your patience!”
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: samantha-cassetta on May 19, 2022, 07:11 PM
Has anyone else received either rejections or acceptances since the round that went out in late April/early May?
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on May 20, 2022, 12:23 PM
NO and I am dying!!! No rejection, no acceptance, no nothing. Anyone else?!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: lisa-rose1 on May 20, 2022, 12:57 PM
Nope, not me.  :huh
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on June 03, 2022, 01:03 PM
Has anyone gotten any updates?! Was hoping to see one in the SCBWI Insight today but didn't, in case I missed something!
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: kathleen-lovell on June 04, 2022, 08:47 AM
Any news from Maine people?
I know a few of you have been waiting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: smithrebeccaj on June 06, 2022, 10:56 AM
No news here in CT.  :whistle
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: samantha-cassetta on June 07, 2022, 04:59 AM
All quiet here. I too was hoping the Insight would give a little update . . .
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Christine D. Page on June 09, 2022, 03:39 PM
Hi, I live in North Carolina and I never received a rejection notification. I assumed that since they needed more submissions for NC, that mine did not make it. I am reluctant to submit stories in future contests since I did not hear back. Also, I do not want to jeopardize my chance of winning (however slight) by submitting my story somewhere else. Please let me know if there is an update and/or a winner in North Carolina? Thank you
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 09, 2022, 06:45 PM
Hi, I live in North Carolina and I never received a rejection notification. I assumed that since they needed more submissions for NC, that mine did not make it. I am reluctant to submit stories in future contests since I did not hear back. Also, I do not want to jeopardize my chance of winning (however slight) by submitting my story somewhere else. Please let me know if there is an update and/or a winner in North Carolina? Thank you

Hi Christine,

Unfortunately, the Blueboard staff has nothing to do with the contest. I know winners were announced for some states in a prior Insight, but they don't seem to have updated. Considering how long the first set took, I suspect they aren't done yet, but you'd have to email headquarters to find out for sure.

Good luck to you and everyone still waiting.
Title: Re: Haunted States of America Contest
Post by: emily-holewczynski on July 06, 2022, 11:43 AM
Anyone, anything?! Starting to wonder if I should consider sending my story out for Halloween-y contests/etc...