Archive | January, 2020

A quick catch-up & apology

28 Jan


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.
Bastard Space. Wordland 8, Time We Left. March 1st, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar. Aphotic Realm Magazine #9, Interstellar. March 26th, 2020
For The Duty. Space Force: Building The Legacy. May 19th, 2020.
The Shaming. The Starship Logs Vol 3: Nabu Carnevale. Tell-Tale Press. June 1st, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby. June 30th, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft. The Angry Noodle (formerly Satyr Central). August 12th, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street. Kasma Magazine. September 1st, 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop. Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror: Fall 2020 (#6). September 10th, 2020.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam). On Time, September 30th, 2020.
And The Lord Taketh Away. The Colored Lens #37 Autumn 2020, October 15th, 2020.
One Of Us Is Lying. Sirius Science Fiction, November 8th, 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I made 242 new submissions. 227 rejections. 13 acceptances. 6 withdrawn, none not received as of yet.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.


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.


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.