The Create50 community imparts something incredibly valuable to its writers – almost like finding gold at the end of a rainbow.
Not only does it instill a sense of accomplishment, bringing an urgency to write, but also through the writer feedback, it helps impart a sense of confidence in your own work.
The collaboration and community you feel is nothing short of amazing.
Congratulations to the shortlisted writers of The Singularity50.
After months of reading we now have a shortlist of the best stories submitted to The Singularity 50.
We will enter the final phase of redrafting very soon, but for now, a drum roll for the writers and stories (not in any order) in the shortlist for The Singularity 50!
Feel free to use the 'laurels' image here on social media to shout about your success with #Singularity50 hashtag. And the winning 50 stories and writers will be announced some time in early Autumn.
OK so the winners are...
An exciting aspect of Create50 was the opportunity to get feedback from other writers. As a writer, I know well the value of feedback. That said, it can be very difficult to hear.
Despite several years of experience, I can still have a negative response to other people’s thoughts on my work – akin to someone criticising your child.
However, I have learned that feedback almost always makes the work better.
Here is a new website for the anthology-project Singularity50, along with a very nice trailer, check it out:
My story is still in the run for a spot amongst the “most thought provoking voices in new SF” – I have my fingers crossed…
Offering up my first-ever short story to Twisted 50 was a challenge, but eased along by the kind practical advice of other far more experienced writers and by its being autobiographical. There was little need for imagination: 'Charcoal Granny' had evidently lurked in my head for six decades, and alarmed me when it sprang forth!
Story number two, Almighty Dog's MEGA Plan, for Singularity 50, was fiction and this turned out to be a technical challenge: it was driven by a strongly personal point of view, but I didn't want to bore or insult readers with polemic - a ready trap for a novice writer!
Now we are underway with the reading of The Singularity stories I thought I would share a few comments from writers that I have had via email…
‘I loved the process of Singularity 50! So far as I am aware it is unique in that others give feedback so subsequent drafts that can be refined in the light of what a reader makes of your story.
It is so easy to think that what you see in your imagination is actually in words that are comprehensible, on the page, when too often, it is not to a real live reader!
This is the page where we will share news and updates as well as interviews and articles about The Singularity50.
Right now all the stories that were submitted to the process are being read and assessed several times.
While it’s all about GREAT writing and ideas, it’s also about building a book, which we learned was no easy task from Singularity’s evil twin book Twisted50 (that we launched in 2017). More about Twisted50 HERE.