September Submission Challenge!

17 Aug


Next month (September) I am going to be submitting 1 story every day for the entire month.

If you’d like to join me in this attempt, the markets are listed below. Obviously you’ll need at least 30 pieces of SF (flash & short stories) written & ready to sub. If you are a Science Fiction writer who really wants to start subbing stories or already are, why not take the challenge?

NB:- All markets are listed on Submission Grinder.

01 – F&SF
02 – Clarkesworld
03 – Speculative City (DO NOT BUMP)
04 – Daily Science Fiction
05 – Trouble Among The Stars
06 – Asimovs
07 – Analog
08 – Flash Fiction Online
09 – Every Day Fiction
10 – Interzone
11 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies
12 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye
13 – Liquid Imagination
14 – Electric Spec
15 – Not One Of Us
16 – Strange Horizons (after 4pm BST) OR The Future Fire
17 – Strange Horizons (before 4pm BST) OR The Future Fire (Market available to bump 1 day only)
18 – Chrome Baby
19 – Anotherealm
20 – Syntax & Salt
21 – Strange Fictions
22 – AGNI
23 – Sirius Science Fiction
24 – The Weird And Whatnot
25 – Monsters, Movies & Mayhem
26 – Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores (Sept 21-28) OR
Weird Tales (Themed stories only)
27 – Compelling Science Fiction OR F&SF (or bumped market)
28 – Mithila Review
OR Clarkesworld (or bumped market)
29 – The Overcast
OR Daily Science Fiction (or bumped market)
30 – Aurora Wolf (can be bumped)

SPARES:- Translunar Travelers Lounge (Sept 15-Oct 15)
Deadman’s Tome (horror)
Andromeda Spaceways
Who Knocks?
Tales from the Moonlit Path
Aphotic Realm
New Orbit Magazine

Please note. As F&SF, Clarkesworld & Daily Science Fiction have fast turnaround times, I will be subbing to them more than once each during the month. Consequently, this means some of these markets may get bumped unless I’ve specifically stated not to.

As only Speculative City (who are open for a very short period in Sept) & Strange Horizons can not be bumped, this means all of the other markets can either be bumped 1 day or to the bottom of the list. This means every day will be covered by a market.

It is my personal intent to sub back to F&SF, Clarkesworld or DSF as soon as they send me a reply back. This means markets WILL get bumped down the list. As is always the case, no plan survives first contact with the enemy.

EDIT:- I have removed Vestal Review as they now appear to be charging to submit. I don’t believe a writer should have to pay anything to submit their work, hence this removal. I’ve bumped Aurora Wolf in favour of Beneath Ceaseless Skies who are a better paying market. Nothing personal, folks. I’ve sent you my work before and you’re lovely to write for.

FURTHER EDIT:- I have already confirmed I will be doing this challenge again in January of 2020. If you want to join us, either drop a comment here or tweet me @RayDaleyWriter with the hashtag #SubmissionChallenge to let me know you are interested or actually taking part. I’m asking everyone to be on the look-out for markets opening or that are already open during January of 2020.

Why not make it your New Years Resolution to submit more stories?

14 Responses to “September Submission Challenge!”

  1. lif strand August 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm #

    Cool challenge!

  2. Susan Murrie Macdonald August 23, 2019 at 6:10 pm #

    Reblogged this on Susan Macdonald's Blog and commented:
    I’m not sure I could manage 30 stories in a month, but I salute him for trying.

  3. johnamccolley September 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    I’m in! I have a sad backlog of work I’ve only sent out once or wrote (very nearly in time for ) a deadline for a specific market sitting on the old desktop archive. This’ll knock some dust off!

  4. mirymom September 2, 2019 at 3:38 am #

    I’m in. I’m a little nervous about finding 30 appropriate pieces among my unpublished work, but it’s a good exercise! I started tonight with F&SF. They’ve rejected six of my short stories over the past four years. Maybe the seventh time is the charm! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

    • Ray Daley September 2, 2019 at 11:47 am #

      Charlie Finlay is a thoroughly lovely bloke, you’ll get honest feedback (if he gives it, that’s quite rare). He is very encouraging to writers where he sees the potential. Bruce Bethke (at Stupefying Stories) is the same, sub there next time they open.

      • mirymom September 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

        I will definitely take it as a compliment then that four of those rejections had a sentence or so of specific feedback. 😀

  5. Iseult Murphy September 2, 2019 at 2:08 pm #

    I love this idea! I’d love to join in.

    • vonniewinslowcrist September 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm #

      I’m joining in. “Only” 30 stories needed — unless there are quick rejections. 😉

  6. Christine Herbstritt November 4, 2019 at 1:19 am #

    I would love to be published!

  7. dumbestblogger September 1, 2020 at 9:58 pm #

    This is a fantastic challenge. It looks like you’ve really done your homework.

    • Ray Daley September 1, 2020 at 11:27 pm #

      Yeah, this is the 1st anniversary of the event. I’ve got it down to a fine art now, picking both new & established markets, pro, semi-pro & token payments so they suit all levels of experience for submitters.


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