The rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated. Our last issue appeared eighteen months ago, so we don’t blame you for wondering where we’ve been. Loyal readers deserve an explanation.

One factor in this unreasonably long delay: we were deluged with submissions, many from writers who had clearly never read the journal, even though it’s free and online. Often, we’d receive multiple submissions from the same writers in one season. We kept up with submissions for the first few years, but then we started receiving submissions from all over the world, and because we indicated our desire to consider longer stories, even novellas, those submissions seemed to swell in size. Not only were we receiving hundreds of submissions, but they were often forty, sixty, or a hundred pages long. Some appeared to be novels in really small fonts. We found ourselves completely swamped.

Frankly, it took far too long for us to catch up. There are only two of us.

Since we handled electronic submissions through e-mail and our contact information was available on Duotrope, hundreds of writers sent us stories as attachments without even clicking through to our website, which means they didn’t know anything about the great stories we’ve published or our submission guidelines. Along the way, some work by promising, thoughtful writers familiar with the journal got buried. Good submissions were withdrawn when we couldn’t respond in a timely fashion.

We asked Duotrope to remove our information from their website. We thank them for helping us reach out to writers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this might cause those who wish to submit their work to Freight Stories. However, this decision alone made the work load almost immediately manageable. Writers should now visit our website to use Submittable, the submission management software adopted by many of our peers.

In other news: This year, Andrew published his first book, Naked Summer, a collection of short stories. Victoria launched her boutique fiction press, Engine Books, which has just published Patricia Henley’s new book, Other Heartbreaks, with many promising titles lined up for 2012. (Let’s hope the Mayans were wrong.) These exciting developments have enriched and energized our working lives immeasurably—we hope and expect that our accomplishments as writers and editors will only strengthen Freight Stories in the future.

In short, Freight Stories isn’t going anywhere. We’ll publish two issues a year for the foreseeable future, both online and in PDF formats. One of the issues next year will exclusively feature writers who don’t yet have a book. We’re looking forward to moving forward, and to cementing our reputation as a home to serious literary fiction, a reputation to which your readership and support will always be essential.

Best wishes,

Andrew Scott and Victoria Barrett

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A Note from the Editors