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Greetings good members of New-Latitudes.

xlntwtch and BlackBowfin will both soon be vacating their Co-Founder positions, likely by the end of November.  For this reason, the group will no longer be accepting new submissions until further notice.

If anyone would be interested in assuming the mantle, please note either one of us and we'll be happy to discuss what exactly it entails.

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autismscribbles Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for asking for my work. :heart:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Writer
:D You're very welcome.
Caffeinated-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is this group still accepting submissions? 
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017   Writer
Yes. We're slow to vote; there are many rl things to do for some around the holiday.
We'll get there. (:
Caffeinated-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is it alright if I ask why Starcrossed chapter two was declined? I think I can guess if was the sex and bloodshed involved there but it would be nice to get confirmation either way. :(
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017   Writer
Sure. I voted to decline chapter one and I'll be happy to tell you why. (I was outvoted on very good grounds: it shows promise. Very good promise.) I voted no because I thought too many sentences were awkward. Please be aware that this is only my opinion and not anything else! I looked at the chapter again to pull out a few sentences and discuss them. The awkwardness is passive writing, seen in verb forms (a lot of them end with the passive "-ing") and too many prepositional phrases. I also think these sentences are run-ons.
The song trailed off and the gathering dispersed, one or two listeners dropping bits of copper or a couple of semi-clear, nearly white stones that were so precious here.

He cursed under his breath, using a mild soldier's oath and she sighed, kneeling next to him as she plaited the warrior's braid into his hair and tucked it behind one ear.

As much as he tried to focus on the meal and the acrobatic pair of dancers providing the entertainment, his gaze kept slipping toward Militsa until the thralls cleared the remnants of food away.

Wiki has a good example showing how prepositions make a sentence passive, as well as verb choice:

"Passive: The cheese was eaten by the mouse.
Active: The mouse ate the cheese."

Once you see the prepositions used, you'll see how to avoid too many in the future. I had to learn the same thing, and still edit a lot out of my work.
The passive verb forms usually occur in prepositional phrases, and maybe by choice. "...kept slipping" could be "slipped" - "..dancers providing the entertainment" could be "..dancers who provided  entertainment" - etc. I'm sure you can look at your work and see what is meant here.

Hope this helps a little. I had a "eureka" moment when prep phrases were pointed out to me. Your work seems good otherwise. (:
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BlackBowfin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017   Writer
Hey there. Yes we are, but some longer submissions take longer to get thru the process. Sorry for the inconvenience. :)
Caffeinated-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Whew. :)
muteloop Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017
HI. I made a new baby-group. It's an amorphous, confusing and confused thing, at this point. But if you felt like affiliating, it's

Hope I'm not being the worst, hocking my links on your page.
Will-Reierson Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017   Writer
This is absolutely atrocious behavior. How could you ever do such a thing?

Don't worry, I'm joking ;3

We'll take a look :)
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