a message from antiquitylensescosplay
Don’t be scared! I promise we’re nice. We’ve had tons and tons and tons of people tell us that this is their first time writing anything, or first time writing something that they’re going to have other people see.
A thing about Shousetsu Bang*Bang is you have the option of publishing under a pseudonym. If you’re really nervous about it? Well, no one has to know it’s you. It’s a way of testing the waters instead of jumping in the deep end.
Our editorial process is very gentle. If you submit anything before the deadline, it’s even better, because then we (or really, mostly ladysisyphus, who does way more of the heavy lifting) have a good long while to give you feedback. And when it comes to feedback from editorial, it’s given with a general rule of ‘here is our feedback, and it’d be great if you made these changes, or want to talk to us about it more, but if you want us to run it as is, we will.’ With exceptions, of course, for things that just totally bust the guidelines, like, say, when we’ve gotten the few stories that don’t have any smut in them! I can’t think of a time we’ve ever outright rejected a story; at most we’ve had a few times when there were major red flags that we bounced the story back to the author for and then never heard anything back from them.
The main purpose of S2B2, I think, is to have a good time. I mean, this is all a volunteer-run, totally free endeavour. We’re just doing this because we like doing it. So you should write a story that YOU like writing! We’ve had things that are the silliest trashiest pulp to stuff that makes people cry. It doesn’t have to be perfect (though we’ll provide advice to give it polish!), it just has to be what you wanted to do.
Writing for Shousetsu Bang*Bang has been great for me personally, because having that deadline, that reason to crank out an original story at least once every two months, has meant I have gotten so much writing practice. And practice is everything! If you start submitting to S2B2 and keep it up, you will most likely become a better writer!
I hope this encourages you, and I hope we see you in our pages in the future. YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE READING THIS!
Some good words for anyone thinking of submitting to Shousetsu Bang*Bang. And this goes for art, as well! Working with an author is super fun and good practice for people who want a low-pressure “client” experience. Every story illustration I’ve done for S2B2 has pushed my abilities and helped me learn in some way!
eta: there’s a typo in the original ask, so best to use the link in my response! sorry about that!