Everyone, including me, was a little worried about the quality of the submissions we'd get and how we'd handle anything simply unfit for publication, since refusing work outright can create resentment in a well-connected community. I wrote the first story in hopes of getting things off on the right foot, but otherwise there was nothing to do but hope.
Now the September issue's going to press soon and I'm happy to say it looks like we'll be in high clover for some time to come. In August's issue we published what I think was tonally the perfect follow-up to my Korean folktale, a firmly grounded short about a native English teacher. September's issue will science fiction in honor of the upcoming Alleycon convention. And I have two more publishable pieces on my computer that we'll use in October and November. Each of these four stories is by a different author, too.
And the best thing is that I like them. August's "Ddongdae Teacher" and September's "Obsolete" may not win any industry awards, but they're respectably done: they have character arcs, solid writing, and they're actually about something. They're the sort of work I wanted to publish, not simply what I've received.
I'm starting to think that when I eventually step down as editor of Gwangju News, Gwangju Writes will be one of the things I'm most glad to have set up.