Many thanks to all who submitted stories to this year's Book a Break short story competition. The number of submissions is considerably lower than previous years - just 41 this time. Perhaps the theme - nourishment - didn't provide much food for inspiration, but I look forward to reading some tasty stories packed with plenty of protein.
Is this low number of entries a problem? As far as the competition is concerned, not at all. And as indicated in the guidelines, the name of the winner will be announced here on this blog on March 11th.
For the anthology, though, it could well be a problem, since a certain number of quality stories are needed to put together a volume. Given the 2000 word maximum for the stories (and many are shorter than that), I would say a minimum of 25 would be needed. Depending on how many stories make the cut, it might be possible to extend the submission period for the anthology (not the competition) till we get enough. But we'll take a rain check on that. For the moment I'll be tucking in to the stories already received. Many thanks to all - stay tuned!