Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, has announced that, for the first time, the venerable American SF magazine will start taking electronic submissions. This is a possibly historic move – Asimov’s being the first of the surviving ‘Big 3’ print magazines in the US to make the transition – and, significantly, will allow international writers easy access to send their stories there. As Williams herself noted, in an SF Signal interview with Charles Tan:
I’ve also been concerned about international submissions for a while. In addition to the high costs and the difficulties authors encounter when they try to find international reply coupons or U.S. postage, the mail service isn’t completely reliable — I never received Gord Sellar’s first submission and Somtow Sucharitkul has had to express-mail material to me from Thailand. I’ve even found that parts of Canada can be difficult to reach by mail. I’ve already been beta testing the new system with a number of authors living outside the US and I’ve been delighted with the ease with which the system works.
Congratulations are due to Williams and the magazine, and here’s hoping to see some new international names in Asimov’s in the coming years!