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  1. I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the polls I posted last week about the number of themes and anthologies for next year. There was some interesting discussion, and I will be taking a close look at all the comments and the poll results this weekend and will open up further discussion in next week's anthology blog. This week, we have a guest blog post written by @CassieQ about her take on writing for themes. She's given us some great food for thought when it comes to writing for anthologies. So, you’re thinking about writing for the anthology. Awesome. They are a lot of fun, a great way to expand your skills and garner new readers. Go for it. The problem? The themes. I get it. Sometimes the themes are awesome and resonate with you and you can’t wait to get words on paper. Sometimes, they just don’t. That’s what I’m going to talk about. First point, please remember the anthologies are inclusive and not exclusive. If your story only kinda matches the theme, it’s fine. It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, unless that is what you like, in which case, go for it. You do you. Every year, we vote on themes, and every year, I look at them, sigh and think I can’t write for those. 18 anthologies later, here I am. Before I get into the brainstorming section of this, I want to note that these methods work for me when trying to come up with story ideas, and that they may not work for everyone, and there are many different ways to come up with ideas. Furthermore, I am very much a pantser when it comes to writing and abhor planning of any kind. Therefore, I would love to hear from other people about their brainstorming methods, and especially from plotters. So, you have the themes in front of you and you’re not crazy about them. First, decide between the two themes. You may not like either one of them, but there is usually one that is worse than the other. Get rid of that guy. (Unless you want to write for both, in which case, go for it. If you know a way to do so without feeling like your brain is melting, hit me up). Okay. So you have a “meh” kind of theme. I have 2 methods for coming up with ideas. The one I use the most often is the less exciting. I just toss it the in back of my mind and let it marinate there for a while. Think about it absently when doing other things…showering, driving, walking the dog, pretending to listen to your boss/teacher, stuff like that. After a few days, I’ll usually get an idea about a scene or character that I can start building from. You can outline from there, if you are an outliner, which I am not, so it’s usually just a messy jumble for me, but it’s something I can work with. I like that method because I’m lazy and it’s easy. There are some things I like to be hard, but this isn’t one of them. (Yes, I 100% meant that the way it sounded). If that method doesn’t work, then I go for the mind map. (I don’t know if my method is genuine mind map, but it looks close enough for me). So, I am going to describe the methods I used for coming up with an idea for a themed contest using a mind map. I busted out a large sheet of paper and some markers because it’s more fun that way. The theme was “Summer”, so I wrote that in the middle. I already knew I was going to look at summer vacation themes, so I wrote that down too. Then I drew fours lines branching off from the main theme, like the spokes of a wheel and labeled them. The labels were “camping” “road trip” “beach” and “meeting a summer fling”, all things that can happen during the summer. The camping idea died first. I’m not a fan of camping, nor of writing about it. Nothing wrong with camping, I’m sure it’s fun for some people, I am just not one of them. The “road trip” idea spun into an idea about fixing a troubled relationship and then into four more spokes about what might cause a troubled relationship. It was an interesting concept to explore but didn’t really excite me. That left “meeting a summer fling” and “beach”. I elaborated on both of them. The “beach” idea had another spoke that lead to “friendship into lovers”, then two more off from that idea: “near drowning” and “drunken escapades”. Sounds like fun. The “summer fling” idea had two lines branching off, one reading “fall in love” and another reading “solve a mystery?” (I guess I had reservations about it). From the “solve a mystery?” idea was another line, leading to an idea about a light house mystery. I ended up going with the lighthouse mystery as my main idea, but I liked the ones from the beach idea so much that I ended up including those (with the exception of drunken escapades, as my characters were teenagers). Those ideas developed into a novella called Geist, which is up in the Premium section. I used this a lot when I was staring out, but not often now. I typically utilize it when I am struggling to come up with idea. It’s fun, though, because it often yields ideas I wasn’t otherwise considering. At this point, some writers could start planning or outlining. If you’re me, it’s throwing words at the paper and hoping they make sense. So, if someone is struggling with the themes, I hope this helps you out. If not, then I just spent 20 minutes typing to myself, which is fun too. Also, please let me know your methods of brainstorming in the comments, I would love to hear from other writers!
  2. This week we are promoting our Winter 2007 Anthology: Worth Fighting For. In no particular order: Be sure to read and review! For Authors! We'd also like to remind all authors that we have 4 Anthology themes for 2018 and a Novella Contest: Contests 2018 Summer Novella Anthology - Due April 15th, 2018 Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th
  3. Wowsers, did you see the numbers of stories and comments posted in September? I bet a lot of that had to do with all the great stories posted by our Anniversary anthology authors, and all the amazing readers who took the time to read, react, and comment. So thank you to everyone! If you missed a story, or you just want a single shop stop to find links to every story in the Anthology, this Wrap Up is for you. to 2022 Anniversary Anthology Team for all their hard work making things happen this year!! Anthology Coordinator Valkyrie Tech Support Myr Cia Proof Team Rec Parker Owens Cia Anthology Banner Creation Cia
  4. Well, here it is, the last week of GA's Anniversary month and the last of our anthology entries. We've had some amazing entries, but we have more for you to read! Keep up the energy and don't forget to like, comment, and review these stories. We'll feature all the stories next week in one place for readers in case you missed one or you want to save the list to go back to your favorites! Authors, keep your eye on the Anthology Club soon for a chance to share your feedback on this year's anthology, your thoughts for next year's anthology(ies), and start thinking themes!! 😲 Happy Anniversary Reading!
  5. Who's ready for week 3 of the Anniversary Anthology story releases? Last week we celebrated GA's 20th Anniversary, and we're not done yet! We've had 2 weeks of great stories, and we have 2 more to go! It's been awesome to see the participation from our readers and authors, so thank you to everyone! I hope you will all continue to enjoy the stories shared by our great authors on the theme of "Anniversary".
  6. Welcome back to Week 2 of our special 2022 Anthology themed Anniversary! Thank you to all the authors who shared stories for us to post last week and all the readers who took the time to read, like, comment, and review. Of course we're back with even more variety for you to enjoy. Keep up the enthusiasm and show your appreciation for these takes on the theme of Anniversary!
  7. Well, on this 20th anniversary year of GA we wanted to get at least 20 Anniversary-themed stories to feature for our 2022 Anthology, and our authors pulled through and then some! We have short stories, long stories, poetry, and exploratory fiction. This month of September (which just so happens to my anniversary month on GA & in real life!) we have stories that will go live every single Thursday for readers to enjoy. Make sure you check here for links to each one! Enjoy these Anniversaries!
  8. 2022 Anthology - Due: Sep 1, 2022 2022 Theme is "Anniversary" to celebrate Gay Authors' 20th birthday. Feel free to interpret the theme in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem, or play! Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be creative! However, please note this is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial. Who may participate: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, you must be a member here at GA with author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums). Submission Guidelines Submission Date: Sep 1, 2022 Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Non-Poetry No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words. Each story posted as its own submission Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000 Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000 Poetry Up to five poems Posted as a single submission (a collection) Each poem posted as its own chapter Submission Procedure *Please read carefully* Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps: Contact @Valkyrievia PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: Prior editing required before submission.* Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into the GA Stories Archive. For help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories? Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved later by staff. Mark your story status as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live. Copy the URL for your story (not a chapter page) and paste it in the announcement thread so your submission may be checked to ensure meets submission guidelines and is moved to the anthology category. [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it posted correctly. If it did not, contact @Cia. IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT do ANYTHING with your story once it has been submitted to the anthology. We lock edits to anthologies, but we can only lock so much and making ANY changes can cause issues with the system. If there is something with your story that absolutely needs fixed, added, etc, PLEASE contact @Cia. Thank you! Extensions Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you need an extension, contact @Cia before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. If you have NOT made arrangements prior to the deadline, your anthology story will not be included. You are welcome to post your story independently and include a story note stating it was originally meant to be part of the anthology. Story Titles Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed. Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors) or that violate site guidelines will be either declined or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content, e.g.: abuse-physical, mental, sexual, extreme violence, taboo topics, etc... Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies. Editing All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. Please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor. The proof team is under no obligation to provide a proofread of a story until it has been edited. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader. If you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact @Cia via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology. Copyright As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2021 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission. However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks. If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2022 Gay Authors Anniversary Anthology and include a link back to GA if possible. If you have any questions, please post them in the Anthology Forum.
  9. One of the common refrains that we hear from new authors on Gay Authors is that we are a bit cliquey here and that it is harder to get established. That's true to some extent. We have authors that have been here from the beginning and are still going strong, such as @Comicality and @Bill W. Reading is a leisure activity and for many people you have to overcome the familiarity bias. I would rather reread a story I know I enjoy than roll the dice on a new author in my natural state. It is only in those times that I purposely choose to expand my horizon by trying out new things, that I overcome that internal inertia. When those times swing around, checking out a well written short story is a great low cost (in time) commitment to trying something new. And at Gay Authors, the Anthologies are a great opportunity to put yourself out there as an author. We post and promote the anthologies heavily and readers take the gamble and check out new authors then. We started to have a theme anthology (at least one) in 2004. So we have 18 years worth of short-story anthologies in the archive for a total of 781 stories! https://gayauthors.org/stories/browse/category/109-fiction-gay-authors-anthologies/ We are having another anthology this year that is due September 1, 2022. The theme this year is "Anniversary" to celebrate Gay Author's 20th birthday. the full details are in the Anthology Forum of the Writer's Circle: So, jump in! Write an anthology entry this year with your take on Anniversary. Try a genre you don't usually try. Stretch your skills. We'll be promoting all the entries, so, it's you chance to be seen. Will we be seeing your entry? Click that link above for full details!
  10. Anthologies can be interesting reads and, in the past, have introduced me to writers I might not have found in other ways. If it’s by one author then it can be an interesting introduction to an author’s work or else it is a way to see how an author handles writing short stories, which are different form from novel writing. If it’s an anthology of different writers then there is a chance to discover new authors. Unfortunately, this anthology did not provide any of this. I found this anthology so frustrating because none of the stories developed any of their themes. None of the stories had any character development or even led anywhere. After finishing each story, I was left with the feeling, “Was that it?” None reached any sort of resolution. Now, short stories are not novels, I don’t expect complete character story arcs or resolution of big themes, but they are stories and stories do need to take the reader somewhere. All the stories here left me feeling frustrated because they didn’t go anywhere. Some of the stories had an interesting premise but did not follow through on that premise, ending too soon or just not exploring that premise. One story, which illustrates my frustration with this anthology, was about two work colleagues sharing a car to a team-building event. They bought coffees; they argued over what music to play in the car; the car got a flat tyre; they waited for the breakdown van to arrive; they restarted their journey and it started to rain, but they didn’t reach their team-building event. The characters didn’t share anything, they didn’t get to know each other, they didn’t contact in any way; they were just the same at the beginning as they were at the end of the story, nothing had changed or been challenged. What was the point of this story? It was just a catalogue of their morning. For an anthology to have one story as frustrating and pointless as this is one thing, but to have a whole collection of stories like that is another thing. It had to be a conscious decision by the editor, but why would someone collect together a group of stories that all left the reader feeling so disappointed? I don’t know. My advice is not to waste your time with this anthology, I wish I hadn’t. Find it here on Amazon
  11. Well my vacation draws to an end and I realize I got a lot but not everything I wanted done. However I did get to relax and didn't over do anything. I also got to enjoy the fair this year so really not a bad vacation at all. I have finished up one and half of the last three chapters of Accidents Happen. Tomorrow after one more look over I will send it to my editor and beta. That in and of itself is major for me. I have begun work on my next major story, the expansion of my summer Anthology piece. It will be out sometime next month and I'm titling it The Strange Life of Jonas Mark. I have a new person working with me on this and it has me really excited. So far my winter anthology piece has been thrown out three times. I have begun three different stories and just hit the point where I didn't like it and wouldn't finish it. So going to have to do some thinking and see what comes up again. You wouldn't think working off the idea of an aftermath would be hard. Sigh. Anyway, I'm sitting here typing this up on my phone. My power went out a half hour ago as I was about to go downstairs and put up my laundry. Guess I am getting up early in the morning now to do that. Anyway have a good one all.
  12. Who's ready for Week 2 of the Anthology postings? Some more great authors and stories this week, so be sure to check them all out! Thank you to all the authors and their teams for participating in the fall anthology! All stories posted are complete, so don't forget to leave the authors a story review after reading their offerings! Happy Reading!!!
  13. Upcoming Anthology Due: October 31st, 2021 Top Themes A Winding Path An Unconventional Gift Pot Luck Themes Pick Your Poison - Lockdown - Left Behind - Dire Monotony - Mutation is Progress - Blood Moon Birthday Presents - Falling for Fall - Elves or Elvis? - Life’s Past - The Woods Rings of Fire - Plateau Wolves - Rock - Men and Women - A Legend Retold Echoes - The Last Sentinel - Tomorrow - A Label - Surpassing - Twilight Falling There's your list of themes! You can check out the full list of rules and guidelines here:
  14. Okay, so approximately two and half months ago my part of the world shut down. Public transport became empty, restaurants shut down, doctor offices closed, and life as we knew it came to a standstill. My job also closed but I was lucky, the pay kept rolling in. Then a month and a half in the company furloughed all part-timers and 20% of the full timers. However, once again I was lucky and the pay keeps coming in. They decided last week to reopen. We are paid for 36 hours and any hours we actually work we get an addition $2 an hour for. I am not complaining. After three years of health issues, I have been blessed not to catch this. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean everything has been great. Back in November my dad began to complain about his sense of smell. He was going to see his doctor and a lung specialist. He had been put on a nebulizer and figure that might be the issue. February rolls around and he heads to see the vein doctor and again is having issues and mentions it. The vein doctor suggests dad go see a nose, throat, and ear specialist. Enter Covid 19 and the close down. The second to last week of May, dad wakes me at one am. He is in deep pain, in his eyes. I call his eye doctor, who calls back before two am and has us meet her at her office. She states dad has an infection in his eyes, prescribes meds, is grateful that we listened and didn't take a chance to expose dad to covid by going to the hospital. Woman is a saint of a doctor. We feel things are looking up. The last week of May he finally gets to see the doctor for the nose. He finds my dad's nose has a lot of growths and has basically sealed the left nostril and part of the right. He doesn't do that surgery any more. He sends Dad for tests and an associate who works 30 minutes away, towards the city. The second Doctor sees the growths but also believes he spots a tumor and wants us to see a brain surgeon and go for better testing. The test was last Wednesday. There is a tumor growing behind the nasal passage, warping the bone between the nasal passage and the eye socket. However the brain surgeon is in Great Neck, minutes from NYC and has my dad panicked. He wrote the first doctor back begging him to do the surgery. He stated he doesn't handle that. He agreed to find him another doctor to handle the growths, not the tumor, and he is going to have them removed this Thursday. He wants to cancel the consultation with the brain surgeon on Friday. Meanwhile I am now stressed out, eating things I should not, and trying hard to just keep myself going. I was lucky to have two beautiful people help with a story I'd written for the Anthology but never managed to get fixed in time. I'll get it up when I can. Just didn't want things to crash and burn but they did. Wish me luck. At 81 my Dad is stubborn and a trip into NYC probably isn't going to happen.
  15. Just a reminder to authors... you have until Nov 15 to submit your Fall 2019 Anthologies! For this month, we will be doing 3 weeks of of Winter 2013 Anthologies. "Recipe for Disaster"
  16. October is upon us and it is time for another month of Flashbacks! But first, authors, please make sure you are working on the anthologies due November 15th! (see above) Without further ado, here is October 2019's Anthology Flashback. We are going back to Fall of 2014 with the them of Scars!
  17. We are bringing back our Anthology Thursday features! Each month, we'll do a flashback to a previous Anthology. During that month, we'll feature each of the stories from that theme. This month, we're jumping back to the Fall of 2013 and the theme of Pandora's Box. The final set of 5 stories:
  18. We are bringing back our Anthology Thursday features! Each month, we'll do a flashback to a previous Anthology. During that month, we'll feature each of the stories from that theme. This month, we're jumping back to the Fall of 2013 and the theme of Pandora's Box. The third set of 5 stories:
  19. We are bringing back our Anthology Thursday features! Each month, we'll do a flashback to a previous Anthology. During that month, we'll feature each of the stories from that theme. This month, we're jumping back to the Fall of 2013 and the theme of Pandora's Box. The second 5 stories:
  20. We are bringing back our Anthology Thursday features! Each month, we'll do a flashback to a previous Anthology. During that month, we'll feature each of the stories from that theme. This month, we're jumping back to the Fall of 2013 and the theme of Pandora's Box. The first 5 stories: Please help us out by reading and reviewing these stories.
  21. Hi all, I'll start off by saying I'm healthy for the moment. Last year, it was detached retinas. This year, I had triple bypass surgery. Needless to say, I haven't been in a good place and writing was very sporadic if at all. I'm trying hard to make a comeback. Right now, I have finished a story for the fall/winter anthology which is being read and commented on, so yeah, something is done. The final chapter/epilogue for Jonas is written. Now it is waiting on me finding a beta and editor. Yes, the long wait is over. I have been writing a dragon shifter story. It was put off when a beta read it and we couldn't mesh. Took a while, but finally gone back to it and am determined to finish. Finally, writing on a story that was begun and was abandoned. It's not because I didn't like it, more like health issues stopped it, and to be honest, I forgot it completely. Anyway, in process of finishing the last three or four chapters. What i did have written was lost when my computer died at the time, so basically been trying to remember what i did, and recreate it. Sorry for delays, but think I might be ok for a bit. Anyone interested in beta or editor work, let me know.
  22. So, personally I've had to deal with some changes. I've had all sorts of issues and still dealing but fighting on. Two years ago I had two detached retinas and had surgery. Last year I ended up having a triple bypass. Add the end of a seven year relationship and things have been in a dark place. Decided I needed to focus on things I could do. First up is complete a story I left in limbo. Life changes was originally finished, but the computer I had died and then my life hit the wall. Anyway, I can't remember what I'd had originally so I just wrote a whole new ending. So the story is 8 chapters and an epilogue. Secondly, I'm finishing a story for the anthology. Seeon and company will be back for this story. With a topic like in the stars how could I ignore him. Third, Cia has a piece up about writing a story under the theme "Coming Out". Going to try and tackle that as well. Finally, working on a new story but won't even say anything til that sucker is complete. When it posts I want it all set with no delays
  23. Hi there! It’s time to announce the annual Poetry Anthology! This year it’s going to be managed by Irritable1—you may know me from the Poetry Prompts--but Renee Stevens is still kindly giving up some of her time to mentoring me as I get up to speed. The theme of the 2015 Spring Poetry Anthology is Remember. Feel free to interpret this theme in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then make poetry! Please read these submission guidelines carefully. There are no HTML guidelines. Instead, each poet will upload their own submission into GA Stories. You may address this theme in any poetic style. Be as creative as you want to be with the theme. However, please note that this anthology, UNLIKE the other GA anthologies, is an anthology of poems. Therefore, no prose allowed. Submission Guidelines Who: 1. Who may participate: You do have to be a GA member to submit your work for the anthology. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. 2. Who do I send my submission to? Submit your poetry directly into GA Stories. For help, please visit the FAQ. It should be unpublished (make sure the story is not published by unchecking BOTH the publish boxes, one for the "chapter" and one for the "story" itself. When you see it, it should have 0 words next to Chapter 1 on the table of contents and it should remain this way until the anthology is published). Select the poetry anthology for the category. Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live. If you have questions, please PM Renee Stevens. What: 1. Maximum: Up to five poems (each can be on a separate page or grouped together according to the author’s desire) with a minimum of five words per poem. However, if you submit five five-word poems, your entry may be questioned as to its seriousness. 2. Format: GA STORIES When: 1. Final submission date: 11:59 p.m. GMT April 15th 2015 2. Projected Publication Date: 11:59 p.m. May 1st 2015. (This date is not set in stone and could change) 3. You are encouraged to submit your story as far in advance as possible, to allow for adequate time for submission review. How: (aka Submission Procedure) 1. Number of Entries: One entry per person. The one to five poems must be submitted together in one document to be counted as a single entry. You can however have each poem as a separate "chapter." 2. Author Information: Please include the names of any editors and/or beta readers 3. Editing: Poetry is considered edited upon submission. Entries for the Poetry Anthology do NOT need to go through the Anthology Proof Team. 4. Story Titles: Please do not use the anthology theme as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles, we will follow the procedure as outlined in the help files to rid us of the problem. 5. Story Description: This is required. A short description of your work must be included else your poem will not post into the new system. The intention is to give the reader something of an idea of what the poem(s) will be about/setting/mood/or anything the author would like to communicate to the reader concerning content. You can check the latest anthologies for examples of what we are looking for. 6. Unacceptable entries: Entries that are overly graphic, or that are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. An example of unacceptable content would be the depiction of an adult/child sexual relationship (explicitly against GA's rules, anywhere on the site). If you have any questions on this, just PM me and ask. 7. Copyright: As with all poems at GA, the rights remain with the individual authors. We will post your submission with a simple 2015 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission. By submitting your poem, you are giving GayAuthors.org the right of first publication, so please wait at least 14 days after the Anthology is online to submit your poem elsewhere. If you post your poem at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the poem that it was first published as part of the GA Anthology, and include a link back to GA if possible. 8. Reviews: GA Stories allows for reviews at the end of each poem and an opportunity for the author to comment back to each reviewer. If a discussion thread is needed the author or any reader can create one in the appropriate forum. 9. Contact information: If you start a thread and wish to have it linked in your submission, please PM Renee Stevens. Users will be able to access your GA profile via your anthology entry and will be able to view any public contact information you have available. If you have a blog or website, please update these on your profile. We are looking forward to another vibrant year of poetry at GA!
  24. Each year, Gay Authors sets a number of themes for stories. As of 2021 there are two anthologies per year. Starting 2022 we will move to a single annual anthology. An author writes a story that is related to that theme and the story is posted as group with the anthology. These are GA sponsored events. More extensive details can be found here in the Anthology Forum:
  25. Sorry all, I know that we missed out on the February discussion day for the current anthology. Before we get started, a quick reminder that the deadline to get your votes in for the April Fool's Short Story Contest is 2:00 PM EST TODAY. The themes for the Spring anthology are Jagged Edges and Unintended Consequences and the deadline to get your story to the Anthology Proof Team is April 30th. So, let's get this discussion started! Feel free to answer any of the questions, all of the questions, and/or ask your own! Are you planning on participating in the 2017 Spring Anthology? Which of the two themes are you thinking about using? Have you started writing your anthology? If so, how far along are you? If you haven't already started, do you have an idea of what you want to write? Do you have your anthology planned out? Do you work from an outline or just write as you go? If you've already started, would you like to share anything about your story? If you've already submitted your story, are you planning a second story?
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