We opened the doors three weeks ago and have had 25 submissions already, which is great news on one hand. However, some entries have had to be declined because they don't meet the specified word count (1700 for short stories, 1000 for non-fiction and 30 lines for poetry). Now, the first thing I ever learned about being writer was to follow the submission guidelines to the 'T'. They are there for a purpose and certainly word counts are critical to the final productions. So if we've asked for 30 lines don't give us 120, because sorry, it won't get read.
Secondly, the theme is critical to our Anthology. If you look at our previous Anthologies, they've all been ex-pat focused and had a general theme to write around. Last years was food, drink and cooking around the world, this year it's relationships. So make sure that your piece fits the theme. It maybe that you have one in your 'needs a home' file which is great but please edit, rewrite and polish so it meets our particular needs.
Finally, you've still got plenty of time! The deadline is the midnight on the 31st July 2012 and entries must be via the link on the Writers Abroad page for Foreign Encounters Submissions.
We look forward to receiving and reading some great stuff!
Oh, and if you are selected you'll be pleased to know you'll be helping others in return. All proceeds from the sale of the Anthology will be going to Books Abroad, a very worthy charity I'm sure you'll agree. And what to you get? The glory of publication my fellow writers :)