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Happy Holidays All!

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

Ron
#91 - December 01, 2021, 01:42 PM

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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
#92 - December 29, 2021, 04:30 PM

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Thanks Natalie for the update. I hadn't heard anything, and I was very relieved to see your post. Happy New Year!
#93 - December 29, 2021, 08:21 PM
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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!
#94 - December 30, 2021, 11:52 AM

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Thanks to those who have checked in on this!
#95 - January 13, 2022, 07:33 AM

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Yes, thanks to all of you who have  posted comments and updates.  They have been a source of encouragement during this long process!!
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#96 - January 14, 2022, 04:08 PM

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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!
#97 - February 01, 2022, 07:05 PM

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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.
#98 - February 02, 2022, 02:16 PM

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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. 
#99 - February 02, 2022, 07:23 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.
#100 - February 03, 2022, 10:40 AM

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Don't be too impressed. Some of us, like me, received rejections back in January, 2021. I understand your frustration though.
#101 - February 03, 2022, 11:03 AM

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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.
#102 - February 03, 2022, 08:52 PM
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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
#103 - February 04, 2022, 01:21 PM

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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!
#104 - February 09, 2022, 04:53 AM

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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!
#105 - February 11, 2022, 08:53 AM

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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!
#106 - February 11, 2022, 12:04 PM

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Hi Heather,

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

I hope this helps.

Ken
#107 - February 12, 2022, 10:32 AM

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Ken-
Thanks for sharing.
Hope all is well!
#108 - February 12, 2022, 01:40 PM

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Yes, Ken, thank you so much! I'm going to do a search right away. Fingers crossed. :)
#109 - February 12, 2022, 08:32 PM

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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.
#110 - February 16, 2022, 08:55 AM

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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!
#111 - February 16, 2022, 02:41 PM

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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. :)
#112 - February 19, 2022, 08:27 AM

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I wish they would tell us what five states were already chosen then I can know if I’m still waiting or not.
#113 - February 23, 2022, 08:57 AM

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Yes, Natalie. I agree. I would love to submit my story for another writing contest if I wasn't selected.  Hopefully, soon. 
#114 - February 24, 2022, 02:58 PM
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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.
#115 - February 25, 2022, 03:57 PM
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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.
#116 - February 25, 2022, 06:29 PM
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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!
#117 - February 25, 2022, 08:03 PM

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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.
#118 - February 25, 2022, 08:26 PM

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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.
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