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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).

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Good luck to all still in the running.
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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.
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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!
#64 - June 22, 2021, 05:59 AM

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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!
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I tried emailing and calling SCBWI to ask for a status update and so far haven't heard anything... Anyone else having more luck?
#66 - July 07, 2021, 12:45 PM

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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
#67 - July 07, 2021, 04:56 PM

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I do not believe that anyone knows what phase this contest is in or when we might know.
Hope for the best!
#68 - July 09, 2021, 08:25 AM

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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.
#69 - July 15, 2021, 03:02 PM

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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.
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Thanks for your efforts Michael!
Hoping for the best for everyone.
We should support and celebrate virtually when this is decided.
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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*
#72 - August 10, 2021, 08:04 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.
#73 - August 11, 2021, 08:41 AM

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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
#74 - August 11, 2021, 08:54 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.”
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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 . . .
#76 - 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 . . .

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.
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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!
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That is really helpful to know the wait time.
Will those NOT selected be notified at the same time?
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Thanks for finding that out, Amaris!
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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!
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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.
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Thank you for the update!
#83 - September 11, 2021, 04:46 PM

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Thank you for the update, Natalie!
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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.
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? I have not gotten a rejection email or an acceptance email. Just curious.
Mary Beth Broussard
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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.
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? 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.
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Thanks for the update.
Mary Beth Broussard
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