Summing Up The January Submission Challenge!

1 Feb

I’m not just going to say what was subbed where & what was rejected by who on which day, I’ll also give running daily stats & talk about what else happened as the month went on.


Today’s market was Fantasy & Science Fiction. I started the year with a story publication too! Aether & Ichor published A Tooth fairy Dreams… in their final issue.

01-Fluid State to F&SF,
Previous Iterations to Kanstellation,
I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks to Cossmass Infinities.
No=0, Yes=0, Sub=3.


Today’s market was Clarkesworld. I had to bump Space & Time up the list too as they brought their closing date forward. This would prove to be annoying later in the month. We discovered 87 Bedford was closed today as well. You’ll see what problems that causes shortly too.

02-Scenario Twelve to Space & Time.
The Witch In The Fog to Clarkesworld Magazine.
No from Space and Time on The Sex Lives Of Robots.
No=1, Yes=0, Sub=5.


Today’s market was Daily Science Fiction. No issues submitting there, thankfully.

03-No from F&SF on Fluid State.
Monster to Daily Science Fiction,
Nightwing Fucks Shit Up to F&SF.
No=2, Yes=0, Sub=7.


Today’s market was Sirius Science Fiction. Totally fine submitting here. A good solid market.

04-No from James Gunn’s Ad Astra on House, Or Home.
No from F&SF on Nightwing Fucks Shit Up.
Nightwing Fucks Shit Up to Interzone.
One Of Us Is Lying to Sirius Science Fiction,
One Night Stand to Mythic.
No=4, Yes=0, Sub=10.


Today’s market was 87 Bedford, which was closed. After a bit of a scramble, I found Strange Constellations WAS open, thankfully.

05-Weird Old Wullie to Strange Constellations,
Starliner Down to F&SF.
No=4, Yes=0, Sub=12.


Today’s market was Strange Constellations. Guess who I subbed to the previous day? I found an anthology call open and subbed there. I also subbed to Infinite Worlds Magazine, because the anthology wasn’t a paying call.

06-No from Clarkesworld on The Witch In The Fog.
Bodge Job to Infinite Worlds Magazine,
Mushnik’s Guitar to Aphotic Realm’s Interstellar; Horror Among the Stars.
No=5, Yes=0, Sub=14.


Today’s market was Agni. I subbed there. On the right day.

07-No from F&SF on Starliner Down.
Stranding Room Only to F&SF.
Salvation to Agni.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=16.


Today’s market was Visions. I couldn’t sub here because they were closed. So I subbed a horror piece from the  horror market list I’d also created. I’d made it, so why not use it, right?

08-Ghost Tour to Dark Moon Digest.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=17.


Today’s market was The Overcast. Hooray for a day with no problems submitting there.

09-Two Little Birds to The Arcanist,
She, Of The Tribeless to The Overcast.
Timeshare to Hybrid Ink; Small Loves.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=20.


Today’s market was Trouble Among The Stars. They were placed on this day as their closure deadline was imminent.

10-No from F&SF on Stranding Room Only,
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) to Trouble Among the Stars
& The Healer to F&SF.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=22.


Today’s market was Constellary Tales. They were closed.  I had this market in reserve though.

11-They Who Dare to Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=23.


Today’s market was Electric Spec. Their deadline was looming, so I’d placed them here for that reason. My 2nd story of the year was published today. “It Takes A Dragon…” went live at Flash Fiction Magazine.

12-Total Immersion to Electric Spec.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=24.


Today’s market was Strange Horizons. You can only sub here on a certain day between certain times. The hoops you have to leap through JUST to submit a fucking story.

13-No from F&SF on The Healer,
Fair King, Fell Low to Strange Horizons,
The Healer to Clarkesworld.
No=8, Yes=0, Sub=26.


Today’s market was Every Day Fiction.

14-No from Daily Science Fiction on Monster,
no from Interzone on Nightwing Fucks Shit Up,
The Age Of Chivalry to Every Day Fiction,
Shoulder Surfers to Forge Literary Magazine.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=28.


Today’s market was Strange Fictions. Submission Grinder listed it as “permanently closed” hence submitting elsewhere.

15-Save State to Utopia Science Fiction,
Simon Says to F&SF.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=30.


Today’s market was NewMyths.

16-The Fight to NewMyths,
Ghost Tour to The Dark.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=32.


Today’s market was Chrome Baby.

17-No from Electric Spec on Total Immersion,
no from NewMyths on The Fight,
no from The Dark on Ghost Tour.
The Scars Of War to Chrome Baby,
The Uninvited to Black Static.
No=13, Yes=0, Sub=34.


Today’s market was Flash Fiction Online.

18-No from Forge Literary Magazine on Shoulder Surfers,
no from F&SF on Simon Says
& no from ServiceScape Short Story Award on In Hot Water.
On Common Ground to Flash Fiction Online,
Say Again, Over to F&SF.
No=16, Yes=0, Sub=36.


Today’s market was Metaphorosis Magazine. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to sub there because of the way they make you format a story to such an exact way. In the end I just did it anyway. Tell-Tale Press were closed for general subs, Andrea invited me to sub to her anthology call. Well, I wangled an invitation. Right place, right time.

19-No from Black Static on The Uninvited.
Sidekicks to Metaphorosis,
The Shaming to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale,
Ballroom to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale,
& The Dionesian Wave to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale.
No=17, Yes=0, Sub=40.


Today’s market was Mithila Review. First sale of the month! 36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press. I actually made 2 sales on this day but didn’t get permission to announce the 2nd sale right away hence not announcing it here.

20-No from F&SF on Say Again, Over.
No from B Cubed Press on Volunteers Needed.
36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press.
The War Machines to Mithila Review,
Say Again, Over to Aggregate.
No=19, Yes=1, Sub=42.


Today’s market was Space & Time. I’d already had to bump it up the list to get in before they shut, so there was a bit of looking around for an open paying market today.

21-No from Clarkesworld on The Healer,
no from Cossmass Infinities on Cardboard Cliffs.
The Man Who Borrowed My Clock to Planet Scumm,
Assessment to Curiosities.
Volunteers Needed! to Space Force; Building a Legacy.
No=21, Yes=1, Sub=45.


Today’s market was Asimovs. I was also given permission to announce my 2nd sale of the year! My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) was sold to Trouble Among the Stars on Jan 20th. As I knew I wasn’t going to be submitting to Analog on the 26th, I moved Asimov’s to there.

22-The Ripples Of Time to F&SF,
Stray Kids Come Back to Hybrid Fiction.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) SOLD to Trouble Among the Stars.
No from Metaphorosis on Sidekicks,
no from Newfound on The Very Next Best Thing To Being There,
no from Curiosities on Assessment.
No=24, Yes=2, Sub=47.


Today’s market was Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

23-Dragon Bait to Beneath Ceaseless Skies,
Somewhere, It’s Still Paris to Electric Spec.
No=24, Yes=2, Sub=49.


Today’s market was Interzone.

24-Stranding Room Only to Interzone.
No from F&SF on The Ripples Of Time,
no from Beneath Ceaseless Skies on Dragon Bait
& no from Kanstellation on Previous Iterations.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=50.


Today’s market was Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

25-Grandmothers Shoes to Three-lobed Burning Eye,
Top Field Tanks to All Worlds Wayfarer.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=52.


Today’s market was Analog. I already had a piece there, and knew they had a backlog of at least 4-5 months so I used Asimov’s instead. I also pitched a couple of stories to Andrea Dawn at Tell-Tale & she said go ahead, send them, so I did.

26-The Burning Towers to Tell-Tale Press Nabu Carnevale
& Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green to Tell-Tale Press Nabu Carnevale.
Starliner Down to Asimovs.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=55.


Today’s market was The Weird And Whatnot. Couldn’t sub here today because their web domain had expired, so another scramble for open markets.

27-No from Asimov’s on Starliner Down.
Stranding Room Only to Clarkesworld,
The Uninvited to Tales to Terrify
& Caught Red-Handed to Interzone.
No=28, Yes=2, Sub=58.


Today’s market was Liquid Imagination. Guess who closed early? They did, leaving me yet ANOTHER scramble for somewhere open. It’s a good job I’ve got over 500 finished stories to sub, isn’t it?

28-No from Clarkesworld on Stranding Room Only.
Second Site to F&SF,
The Death Of Tony Fashion to Flash Bang Mysteries.
No=29, Yes=2, Sub=60.


Today’s market was Not One Of Us. They were open, I subbed there.

29-No from Hybrid Fiction on Stray Kids Come Back.
No from F&SF on Second Site
& no from Analog on Body Banks.
Breaking Down A Cursed Sandwich to Not One of Us.
No=32, Yes=2, Sub=61.


Today’s market was Augur. Who were closed. I went with Silver Blade who I’d discovered a few days earlier.

30-No from Three-lobed Burning Eye on Grandmothers Shoes,
no from Interzone on Caught Red-Handed.
The Sex Lives Of Robots to The Weird and Whatnot,
Wizard Of The Day to Silver Blade Magazine.
No=34, Yes=2, Sub=63.


Today’s market was Timeworn Literary Journal. I didn’t feel I had anything which fitted their requirements, so went insane and subbed to several places. Thanks to an email reminding me Compelling were open, I subbed there as one of them.

31-Starliner Down to Compelling,
Idiots Of The Underworld to F&SF,
Simon Says to Interzone
& Bizarre Life Triangle to Tales from the Moonlit Path.
No from Interzone on Simon Says.
No=35, Yes=2, Sub=67.


So over 31 days I submitted 67 stories in total. Had 35 rejections. Sold 2.

Comparing this to the September 2019 Challenge, over 30 days, a total of 56 stories were submitted. I received 20 rejections and made 1 sale.

I submitted more, sold more, and got more rejections. Obviously I still have a lot of stories still out there.

What’s next? I’ve already made the decision to run the challenge again in May of 2020.

If you took part, I hope you achieved everything you wanted to. If that was to sub 31 stories, I hope that happened. If it didn’t, heck, it’s not a complete disaster. However many stories you got out, it’s better than none. Congratulations to those who made sales, or make sales when your replies finally come in. If you decide to join me in May, I’ll be happy to have you along for the ride again. If you take part for the first time, I’ll be just as happy to see you on my crazy train.

Remember the hashtag #SubmissionChallenge

Regards,

Ray Daley @RayDaleyWriter

So this was January 2020

1 Feb

I’ve made 67 new submissions. 35 rejections. 2 acceptances. 0 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) was sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.

There are currently 52 stories out in submission:-

out in subs jan 2020

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) will be released in issue 5 of Trouble Among the Stars, Feb 3rd 2020.
Super Fake will be released in Future Syndicate II, Feb 8th 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, April 2020. (TBC)
Bastard Space will be released in Wordland 8 possibly around Easter. (TBC)
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) is due in the Transmundane Press On Time anthology May/June 2020. (TBC)

When I get more solid dates on the to be confirmeds, I’ll announce them.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice.
Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going.

A quick catch-up & apology

28 Jan

SORRY!

I’ve been doing the January Submision Challenge and it has been taking up most of my time. Not just the actual submission part of the event, but having to find new markets on the fly, picking extra stories and geting them ready then putting them out.

A few of my markets closed early, one  web domain expired (Hopefully that’ll get sorted soon) but there were a few days where I had to scramble to pick new markets then choose stories appropriate to their wants & guidelines.

I’m not going to reveal any stats info in this post, obviously, I want you to read my “So This Was January 2020…” and “Summing Up The January Submission Challenge” posts, which may end up both being the same thing.

I haven’t completed any new stories yet this year. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to, but my focus is more based on submissions again, like last year.

There’s plenty going on. Stick around to find out what that is.

I’ll be posting again Feb 1st, catch up with you then.

2020 Awards Eligible Work

2 Jan

The following works are eligible for the Nebula & Hugo Awards in the short story category.

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. Feb 5th, 2020.
Super Fake. Future Syndicate II. February 6th, 2020.

So This Was 2019

1 Jan

I made 242 new submissions. 227 rejections. 13 acceptances. 6 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

I surpassed the stats of 2018:- 240 submissions. 220 rejections. 7 acceptances.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am were sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted on Feb 16th by CafeLit. (Not a sale)
The Subaudibles was sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.
The Parting was sold on July 18th to Electric Athenaeum.
A Million Light Years From Home was sold on Aug 19th to Escaped Ink.
Summer At Camp Long Drop was accepted on Sept 6th by Ghost Light.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was sold on Sept 8th to Flash In A Flash.
Uniform was sold on Sept 15th to New Orbit Magazine.
A Tooth Fairy Dreams was sold on Sept 25th to Aether & Ichor.
Bastard Space was sold on Oct 14th to Wordland 8; Time We Left.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) was sold on Nov 2nd to Transmundane Press.
It Takes A Dragon was sold on Nov 9th to Flash Fiction Magazine.


There are currently 22 stories out in submission:-

The Razors Edge is available to read in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is available to read in Insignia Vol 7.
The Parting is available to read for free in Issue 2 at Electric Athenaeum.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was published in issue 7 of the Flash In A Flash newsletter (subscribers only).
A Million Light Years From Home is available to read in Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume 1.
Uniform is available to read in Issue 7 of New Orbit Mag.


THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… will be released by Aether & Ichor Jan 1st 2020.
It Takes A Dragon will be released by Jan 12th 2020.
Super Fake will be released in Future Syndicate II, February 6th, 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, April 2020.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) will be released in Transmundane Press On Time anthology roughly May/June 2020.
Bastard Space will be released in Wordland 8; Time We Left (TBA)

When I get more solid dates on these, I’ll announce them.

EDIT:- Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice. Until I know otherwise, I’ll continue to list these as sold.


I got 1 new ISFDB credit this year:- How Have The Mighty Fallen? (2019)

My total of new stories written this year was 51.

My 2019 writing stats:-
Stories completed=51
Longest story=5666 words
Shortest story=100 words
Camp Nano April ’19=8 stories; 14,969
Camp Nano July ’19=20 stories; 42,166 words
NanoWriMo ’19= Did not officially take part. 5 stories. 9,745 words.

Total words written=116,690.

Summing Up:- I made some money, had some stories published, hit a bad patch and didn’t really recover in terms of creative output.


ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I’m ready for the Submission Challenge. I’ve got 31 stories all ready to go out with spares for markets I’ll be bombarding as often as possible. There are still stories out which I’m waiting to hear about.

To surpass 2019’s stats, I’ll probably have to give a few things away for free. I’m not sure if I’m going to write anything new at all.

I realised quite quickly this wasn’t going to be a good writing year and moved my focus to submissions. I feel I’ve been on top of this fairly well, the submission challenge helped pull my  numbers up.

GOALS FOR 2020:- Sell at least 1 reprint, make a pro sale.
While these are both possible, the probabilty isn’t great. I’ll just try as hard as I can.

So this was November 2019

1 Dec

I’ve made 237 new submissions. 216 rejections. 13 acceptances. 5 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am were sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted on Feb 16th by CafeLit. (This was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles was sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.
The Parting was sold on July 18th to Electric Athenaeum.
A Million Light Years From Home was sold on Aug 19th to Escaped Ink.
Summer At Camp Long Drop was accepted on Sept 6th by Ghost Light.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was sold on Sept 8th to Flash In A Flash.
Uniform was sold on Sept 15th to New Orbit Magazine.
A Tooth Fairy Dreams was sold on Sept 25th to Aether & Ichor.
Bastard Space was sold on Oct 14th to Wordland 8; Time We Left.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) was sold on Nov 2nd to Transmundane Press.
It Takes A Dragon was sold on Nov 9th to Flash Fiction Magazine.

There are currently 29 stories out in submission:-

_out in subs nov 19

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is now out in Insignia Vol 7.
The Parting is available to read for free in Issue 2 at Electric Athenaeum.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was published in issue 7 of the Flash In A Flash newsletter (subscribers only).
A Million Light Years From Home is now out in Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume 1.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Uniform will be released in New Orbit Mag (looks like this has now fallen back to at least Dec).
A Tooth Fairy Dreams… will be released by Aether & Ichor this winter.
Super Fake will be released in Future Syndicate II, late Fall/early Winter.
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, Spring 2020.
I currently don’t have any information when Bastard Space is due out.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) is due in the Transmundane Press On Time anthology roughly May/June 2020.
I currently don’t have any information when It Takes A Dragon is due out.

When I get more solid dates on these, I’ll announce them.

EDIT:- Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice. Until I know otherwise, I’ll continue to list these as sold.
Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going but probably won’t be coming out in 2019.

So this was October 2019

1 Nov

I’ve made 229 new submissions. 195 rejections. 11 acceptances.
5 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.

Shots Of Repatriated Bastard & Sam, I Am both sold on Jan 21st to Jouth Vol 2.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) was accepted by CafeLit.
(Please note, this was not a sale. No money was involved)
The Subaudibles sold on Mar 18th to Aurora Wolf.
The Parting was sold on July 18th to Electric Athenaeum.
A Million Light Years From Home was sold on Aug 19th to Escaped Ink.
Summer At Camp Long Drop was accepted on Sept 6th by Ghost Light.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was sold on Sept 8th to Flash In A Flash.
Uniform was sold on Sept 15th to New Orbit Magazine.
A Tooth Fairy Dreams was sold on Sept 25th to Aether & Ichor.
Bastard Space was sold on Oct 14th to Wordland 8; Time We Left.

There are currently 45 stories out in submission:-

 

_out in subs Oct1

I’m still hopeful that Tuck & Roll will be published this year, 2 yrs after it was sold.

The Razors Edge is now out in issue 1 of The Weird And Whatnot.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused) is available to read for free at CafeLit.
The Subaudibles is available to read for free at Aurora Wolf.
How Have The Mighty Fallen? is now out in Insignia Vol 7.
The Parting is now out in Issue 2 at Electric Athenaeum.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis was published in issue 7 of the Flash In A Flash newsletter (subscribers only)

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

A Million Light Years From Home in Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume 1 will be released on 19th November.
Uniform will be released in New Orbit Mag early Nov
A Tooth Fairy Dreams… will be released by Aether & Ichor this winter
Super Fake will be released in Future Syndicate II, late Fall/early Winter
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia (scheduled for fall)
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, Spring 2020.
I currently don’t have any information when Bastard Space is out.

When I get more solid dates on these, I will announce them.

EDIT:- Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice. Until I know otherwise, I’ll continue to list these as sold.