Manchester Speculative Fiction

Wednesday Meeting: 13th April


Another busy meeting this week with 14 people attending and six submissions to critique. We managed to discuss three submissions so the other three will pass over to the next meeting. Because of this we will have a temporary embargo on new submissions until after the next Tuesday meeting to allow us to clear the backlog.

Before we get started with the critiques I wanted to mention a discussion we had at the end of the meeting about the increasing number of members and submissions. We obviously had another busy month. Do we let this continue? Is this just a temporary spike? Are we OK with the current system? Is a seven submission maximum still acceptable? Should we limit the critiques somehow: a limited amount of time per critique, for example?

Yes, we’ve had a busy month. Yes, I think we’re seeing a gradually increase in the number of members attending each meeting across a series of months. The second monthly meeting doesn’t seem to have done much to spread the load: we’re still seeing about the same number of people attending the more popular Wednesday meeting. Saying that, the second meeting is doing well — there’s enough demand to keep it running.

This is good. I guess we’re doing something right! 🙂

We’ve decided to drop the limit on submission from seven to five. I’ve amended the house rules accordingly. I’m not entirely sure if this will achieve much as it’s the number of non-submitting attendees (who deliver critiques) that’s on the rise. I don’t think any of us want to implement the Milford rule of ‘if you don’t submit, you don’t crit’. We will just have to see how it goes. We could do with more people shifting over to the Tuesday meeting. Have a think and if you have any more suggestions please add a comment in Facebook when this post appears over there.

On with the crits!

Thanks to Len for the doughnuts. After the meeting we headed around to Common for our usual chat. I was busy plotting anthologies with Eric and Graeme. No idea what you lot were talking about!

Next meeting: Tuesday 26th April

See you there!