20th January 2005: Here it is, at last! The official contents list.
12th January 2005: We are close to finalising the anthology's contents at this point, very close -- just haggling over the final few stories to be included, in fact. This process should be completed soon, so please be patient just a bit longer. In a week or so, we should be sending out contracts to authors along with proofs of their stories, edited already!
The anthology is looking very very strong.
December 2004: Only a few stories to go before
we've finished reading the last of the new submissions.
We are already working our way back through the shortlisted
stories and have made a firm decision on about five
that are now definitely IN! I will be announcing them
on the site sometime in early January, once we've contacted
authors, so keep an eye out.
this anthology has produced better stories than I anticipated
when we first had the idea to do it. The subject --
Giant Monsters -- has inspired writers experienced and
inexperienced at a level that is quite remarkable. I
feel for all those dedicated and talented souls whose
work won't get in, often simply because we don't have
enough room. The e-anthology will make up for some of
this, but there will still be some regretable omissions.
I guess that's the nature of the game.
December 2004: That's it! The anthology is
officially closed to submissions. We now have a large
shortlist and a 6-inch thick pile of recent (and hence
unread) submissions to go through... and go through
again... until we've narrowed it down to however many
words the publisher will let us get away with.
we first started this anthology we were not sure we
would get enough stories at the quality level we need
to make the anthology really special. Well, no worries
there! We're received lots of great stories and the
interest level has been huge.
coming back here for news of the anthology as it happens.
expect a publication date in March 2005!
Nine days left for submissions. And are we ever glad
of that! It's been a long haul and we're getting rather
exhausted -- even though the intensely hard bit is still
to come. Authors whose stories were shortlisted early
in the piece must be legitimately champing at the bit
-- it's a long time to wait to find out if your story
made it in! Sorry for the wait, people, but hopefully
it will be worth it.
did an inventory of shortlisted and "on hold"
stories the other day, and there's rather a lot of them.
More than can be included in the book itself. And they're
still coming! So many great stories! Still, one of the
reasons we've decided to do a supplementary e-anthology
is precisely because of this fact. The decision-making
process is going to be difficult indeed -- and we're
very conscious that there is going to be disappointment.
This anthology has generated a lot of interest -- and
a lot of passionate interest. It has really brought
out the fan in many writers... and the writer in many
fans. It's a shame we can't make EVERYONE happy by including
their work. Naturally, however, it can't be done, though
we've gone as far as we can to bring universal joy to
the kaiju-writing masses.
the result promises to be magnificant! So, keep your
ear to the ground listening for the pounding tread of
those giant feet! They're coming soon!
October 2004: Phew! It's all go. So many stories,
so little time. Actually the volume of submissions has
slackened off again over the past two weeks (which is
just as well), but I reckon there is going to be an
even bigger surge than the last one next month -- the
final month for submissions!
latest decision involves another great kaiju artist,
Todd Tennant of American Kaiju fame.
We asked Todd if he would consider doing an internal
pseudo cover to appear at the beginning of a special
supplementary section of the anthology... and he agreed!
If you don't know Todd's work then you should, so go
to the American
Kaiju site right now to check it out. Having
a original piece by Todd in DAIKAIJU! gives another
great reason for acquiring the book once it's out.
for the special supplementary section... well, you'll
have to wait for news of that one.
September 2004: We are receiving so many stories
now, our response time is getting very lethargic. In
fact, given how close the deadline is (Nov. 30), you
can probably assume that any story sent to us from this
point won't get responded to until after that date.
We're sorry about that but, you know, we're not doing
this full-time (more's the pity!) and just can't keep
up. As well, we're getting so many good stories, the
balancing act of choosing between them is getting very
tricky! We really want to see what we've got at the
end before we get too carried away...
big news, however, is that the cover of the book is
to be painted and designed by Bob Eggleton,
multi-Hugo Award-winning artist. Bob has made a career
out of painting Godzilla (on numerous book and magazine
covers) and big monsters in general (in particular see
his wonderful book, The Book of Sea Monsters
... fantastic work!). For a taste of his excellent
monster art, visit his website.
Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales is going
to be a must-have just for Bob's own kaiju on its cover!
August 2004: Still going strong, though response
times aren't improving much. Sorry. Meanwhile, length
is becoming an issue, so if your story is as gigantic
as the monster that features in it make sure the story
is a bloody good one! And remember to put a
clearly relevant header on any email you send to us,
to avoid being lost in the spam...
June 2004: A flood of submissions has opened
up now that the deadline has appeared on the horizon.
We're still in need of lots of good stories though,
so don't give up now! If your ambition is to write the
Great Giant Monster tale, this is the best market in
June 2004: We're running a bit behind in getting
back to authors. Please be patient and forgiving. The
process can sometimes take some time, especially as
I'm over one side of the country and Robin's over the
other -- and the submissions are really pouring in now!
May 2004: We're still collecting stories. There's
been some beauties -- and some very weird stuff. Keep
'em coming! The worse part about this is the ones we
have to reject for one reason or another. I hate disappointing
such obviously enthusiastic people.
is a continuing problem. Contributors, please remember
to make it clear in your email header that yours is
a legit message: "Submission:..." or "Daikaiju
anthology enquiry" -- that sort of thing. And if
we don't get back to you there's a chance your message
was accidentally deleted, so send a follow-up.
reason for rejection: plot-lines that are simply
too commonplace. The writing may be fine, but we've
seen the story many times before! You may have developed
a unique-looking monster, but if all it does is kill,
destroy and get killed in a straightforward fashion,
the story probably won't get onto the shortlist. (Though
if it's particularly good, it might!)
2004: We're still reading for the Daikaiju!
anthology. Some fascinating work has come
in, particularly considering that this is virtually
a new sub-genre that requires writers to start from
scratch in defining its parameters. If there was a single
comment to be made in regards to rejected stories, it
would be that some stories -- though they may include
a Big Thing -- simply don't come over as daikaiju stories.
The size relativities don't play a significant enough
part in the story or its themes. A few times we have
rejected decent stories, regretfully, simply on this
common reason for rejection is that the monster is simply
there, without a STORY to draw the reader along. The
monster destroys things and then gets destroyed. This
is not enough.