September Submission Challenge!

17 Aug

ANNOUNCEMENT!

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 https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
02 – Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
03 – Speculative City (DO NOT BUMP) http://www.speculativecity.com/submissions/
04 – Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
05 – Trouble Among The Stars https://troubleamongthestars.com/submit/
06 – Asimovs https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
07 – Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
08 – Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
09 – Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com/submit-story/
10 – Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/
11 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
12 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
13 – Liquid Imagination http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/
14 – Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
15 – Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
16 – Strange Horizons (after 4pm BST) OR The Future Fire http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
17 – Strange Horizons (before 4pm BST) OR The Future Fire (Market available to bump 1 day only) http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
18 – Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
19 – Anotherealm http://anotherealm.com/faq/submit.php
20 – Syntax & Salt https://syntaxandsalt.com/submit/
21 – Strange Fictions http://strangefictionszine.com/submissions/
22 – AGNI https://agnionline.bu.edu/submit
23 – Sirius Science Fiction https://siriussciencefiction.blogspot.com/
24 – The Weird And Whatnot https://www.theweirdandwhatnot.com/submit
25 – Monsters, Movies & Mayhem https://wordfirepress.com/anthology-guidelines/
26 – Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/ (Sept 21-28) OR
Weird Tales (Themed stories only) https://www.facebook.com/groups/440107622678110/permalink/2458808177474701/
27 – Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html OR F&SF (or bumped market)
28 – Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
OR Clarkesworld (or bumped market)
29 – The Overcast http://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines
OR Daily Science Fiction (or bumped market)
30 – Aurora Wolf https://aurorawolf.com/guidelines/ (can be bumped)

SPARES:- Translunar Travelers Lounge https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/ (Sept 15-Oct 15)
Augur http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/
Deadman’s Tome (horror) https://deadmanstome.net/submissions/
parABnormal https://albanlakepublishing.com/periodicals/parabnormal-submissions/
Andromeda Spaceways https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/
Who Knocks? http://www.whoknocks.net/guidelines
Tales from the Moonlit Path http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/
Aphotic Realm https://aphoticrealm.com/submissions/
New Orbit Magazine https://editor048.wixsite.com/neworbitmagazine#_=_

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?

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8 Responses to “September Submission Challenge!”

  1. 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!

  2. 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. 😀

  3. 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. 😉

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