“By Force” Appears Winner in Bards and Sages 2016 Favorite Misfit Poll
This year, we launched a new initiative called The Society of Misfit Stories. To celebrate we’re adding the “Misfits” to our Reader’s Choice poll. Let us know which story you have enjoyed the most so far. Each story is only 99 cents and they are also available as part of your KindleUnlimited subscription. This was the announcement from Bards and Sages Publishing as part of their annual Reader”s Choice poll. This year, however, we are changing things up. You will still select your favorite stories from each issue, but now the Author of the Year selections also include authors published in our GREAT TOMES series and THE SOCIETY OF MISFIT STORIES! You can also vote for your favorite “Misfit” that we have published so far! But the thing was, while I’m not sure they followed through on the others, a quick check of the “Misfit” voting showed that my entry in the stand-alone electronic chapbook series, BY FORCE AND AGAINST THE KING’S PEACE (see October 3, et al.), was running in first place!
And now polls have closed and, while I’ve not received an official announcement yet, the totals on the voting pages show BY FORCE to have won in the “Misfits Division,” if one may call it that, with 56 percent of the final vote! Or, to see for yourself, press here.
BY FORCE AND AGAINST THE KING’S PEACE, incidentally, is a reprint, originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE in December 1999, a tale of mystery and courtroom drama concerning a peasant’s plea for redress against a wayward wizard. As for THE SOCIETY OF MISFIT STORIES (cf. July 6, June 23), the general idea is to provide a place for longer stories, from about 5,000 to 20,000 words (BY FORCE is about 9800 words), to provide a loving home for those misfit tales that are too long for most periodicals but too short for print. So it looks like it may be printed yet again, or at least so has said the polling information, that [w]inning stories and authors will be invited to have their work republished in next year’s BARDIC TALES AND SAGE ADVICE anthology. But if you want to read it right away, you can also press here.