Voices From The Web 2021
I thought it was second-stage voting numbers that ultimately decided on the pieces to be included. But my memory is like a slice of Swiss cheese these days. 😥
You are correct Steve. Anyone is free to nominate a piece of work. There has to be a modicum of restraint and discernment though as they should be outstanding.
Then when the time is right we all voted for our favourites.
So many were nominated but after voting a selection was chosen and fine tuned by Griff if I remember rightly.
Mandrake is taking on that responsibility as far as I can see.
We should be able to go back a couple of years or some good pieces will be lost.
It's not up to the author to say which of his or her nominated efforts should be included.
It was a vote 😎
@stormwol. Hi Alison, you and Steve have a good memory. I remember that e-Griff also included 'editor's choices' that maybe were not voted for but I could be wrong.
Someone's been busy nominating! There were only 7 noms a few days ago. That's going to be some task, sifting through that lot!
Sorry, Richard, I may unwittingly have created some confusion. In reply to Dodgem who asked how far back he should go to chose work for nomination, I posted a link to the list we used for the last anthology as a guide. Some people might believe that it is the current one.
Why make it complicated?
You’ve been asked to nominate pieces. Nominate what you like; what you believe deserves to be published. They’re the only criteria. That’s all that matters at the moment.
Nominations for 2021 will close in September. I will browse content and select what is to be included. I’ve been an editor for a few years now and find that’s the quickest and easiest part.
Don’t see any point in putting it to the vote.
Authors will be contacted for permission to publish their work, to which they will retain full copyright. They will also be asked to provide a brief biography (about 50 words).
That’s the more time consuming part; the proverbial herding of cats.
if people took care in properly reading what is posted on the forum there would be no complications.
One member, Dodgem, asked a pertinent question that I believed he wanted to be answered: how far back should one go to make selections.
As no one has issued any particular guideline some members, especially new ones, are unsure about the procedure. My answer was this:
"As far as how far to go back and what to choose, maybe the last nomination list may be a point of reference. Here is the link:"
Your above communication implies that you would be the final arbiter in choosing what is included in the anthology based only on the nominations without the voting of the membership. Have you cleared this with the site owners. webmaster and moderators? I see that Andrea is happy for you to bear the burden of producing it but is it a satisfactory solution to all concerned? The sooner terms of reference are published the better the situation will be.
Finally, some politeness would not go amiss. Instead of saying “You’ve been asked to nominate pieces. Nominate what you like; what you believe deserves to be published. They’re the only criteria. That’s all that matters at the moment” would it not be better to say “ You have been invited...? Just a suggestion.
I propose that UKA members would nominate pieces to be included: say, from the past 3 years as I understand that ‘Voices From The Web 2018’ was the previous collection.
I feel that is a good indication of how to proceed.
However, I agree with Luigi, there is a dismissive attitude to your postings, sorry but there is.
I would also welcome a fuller explanation of your comment "Nor am I a fan of quotas or tokenism"
Firstly, thank you Luigi for the link to the last submission list - for the previous Voices from the Web. Once I opened it I found a total of 282 items, mostly in poetry; and there were multiple submissions, the largest number I counted from one member was 27. I then downloaded the Kindle version, and it is not one of the better transfers from print - no title page or contents, with the different works grouped badly. The poetry section began at 67% of the total, after fiction; and I counted 67 poems, plus another 4 or so in the challenge section; and again there were more than one item from different members.
Coming to the current nomination list; I'm a bit confused that the current total could be a task; when I first opened it there were 7, and I added a further 4; since when another 3 have come in; not quite a deluge compared to the above. And to be fair the deadline is (I understand) in September, so hopefully more members will feel motivated to join in? My point (that was not addressed) was that ones work will be chosen by another member, in my case a poem that needs more work on it, and not what I would have preferred.
I have found myself devoting an evenings spare time to this; and time maybe I should of been working on my own stuff. I will consider the best way to contribute to the site and follow that course in future. Meanwhile, I wish all involved with the project all success, and may the pixies guide you.
God speed, and damn the torpedoes