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Sometime last year, we put out a call for submissions for an anthology called “Roads Less Travelled.” It was to be a fiction and nonfiction anthology of diverse writers and stories. After reviewing submissions and discussing our goals for the anthology, we have decided to not move forward with it. 


And while we are disappointed, we do believe this is the right call.


Part of what factored into the decision were the submissions we received. And that’s not a knock on the quality. We simply saw too many that either weren’t from an under-represented writer or that had no diversity in them at all. Maybe there was some confusion around the name and theme. If so, that’s on us. As was not doing a good enough job of promoting the call for submissions in the right places.


But rather than try for another push, we took a moment to reconsider. 


Because the goal of the project was never to just put out a collection, it was to widen our audience, and to grow our submission pool with the hopes of it becoming more inclusive and representative of more voices. 


It more and more began to feel that we weren’t doing that. And that if we were to follow through with the anthology anyway, it would have felt far too much like a one-off token gesture. And that was the last thing we wanted to happen.


The stories and essays that we did fall in love with we still accepted and have added into our regular publishing schedule. Our two essays this month, from Dorothy Ellen Palmer and Jeffrey Gibbs, came from that submission pool. And next month, we’ll have another one — a short story from British writer Paul McQuade.


We’ll take this a moment of learning and continue looking for ways to reach a bigger, more diverse audience in the hopes that we can continue to publish voices representative of a number of experiences. There isn’t one solution — it takes a number of actions and initiatives. And it takes time. 


For the second year in a row, we’ll be involved with The Festival of Literary Diversity, which continues to grow and have a greater impact in various writing communities. And we’ll continue to publish, champion, and seek out stories from all around. We’ve been fortunate to publish some great writers from a multitude of backgrounds (in both our singles and collections) who have trusted us with their work and that’s the biggest first step of all.


We want to thank everyone who sent their work in for the anthology and gave us the opportunity to read their stories and essays. We’ll try to do better by all of you next time.


Thanks,

Troy Palmer, Publisher


PS - if anyone wants to reach out to discuss further or ask questions, you can email me at troy@littlefiction.com

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