I’ve had a couple very nice and polite queries (which were both perfectly reasonable and welcome) that make me think it’s probably a good idea to clarify something about the Eclipse Two guidelines. The guidelines are the guidelines, and there are no exceptions. The submission period is 1 February 2008 to 29 February 2008 (Perth, Western Australia time). The length of story is 2,500 to 10,000 words. The stories must be original, not previously published in any way, and not be under simultaneous submission. They must be science fiction or fantasy, and clearly genre. They also must be submitted by email in .rtf format. I want to see as many submissions as possible, but in order to be fair to everyone I think I need to apply the guidelines uniformly.
I should probably also add that these guidelines don’t apply to the writers who were directly invited to contribute stories to the book by me. If I invited you, and you were kind enough to say yes or maybe or perhaps (you know who you are!), then the original guidelines that I specified in my letter of invitation apply.
If anyone has any queries about the conditions around Eclipse Two, please do not hesitate to contact me.