Following exhaustive discussions and analysis, we are sad to announce that we have no option but to cancel our short story competition, ‘Return to Shallow Creek.’
We apologise to anyone that has taken the time to write a short story and has been expectantly awaiting an announcement – the decision was not taken lightly and we hoped our initial goal to create a new anthology would come to fruition later this year. However, this is simply not possible, and following months of trying to make it work, no matter how hard we tried, we can’t.
With any independent press, the time, money, and dedication required to create a compelling and engaging collection is a mammoth task, one that unfortunately, we cannot deliver on this occasion. The truth of the matter is that although the short stories we received were riveting, thrilling and technically brilliant, we couldn’t find a cohesive narrative structure to make the anthology work. The idea of the original Shallow Creek collection was to showcase this spooky town and all its weird and wonderful characters. With the follow up, we planned to ramp this up with old and new characters and a dedicated linear path that would connect each story. A further truth of the matter is we simply didn’t receive enough entries to make the project financially viable, for authors (competition prize awards) and us (publishing costs).
If you have paid an entry fee for the competition, or paid for the early bird entry fee via Kickstarter, please send an email to email@example.com with details of your entry and proof of payment and we will reimburse you within 30 days. In addition, if the Return To Shallow Creek anthology was one of the perks included in your Kickstarter pledge pack, we will be offering you the choice of an alternative STORGY title to compensate you for your invaluable contribution. We sincerely thank you for your support throughout our publishing endeavours.
Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope your story finds a home.