Archive | November, 2020

SFWA Short Story Market List

20 Nov

Alta
Analog
Anathema
Apparition Lit
Asimov’s Science Fiction
Atthis Arts
Aurelia Leo
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Bourbon Penn
Clarkesworld
Cossmass Infinities
Daily Science Fiction
Decameron Project
Departure Mirror Quarterly
Diabolical Plots
Escape Pod
F&SF
Fantasy Magazine
Fireside
FIYAH 13
Flash Fiction Online
Future Science Fiction Digest
Future SF
Heavy Feather Review
Hobart
Kaleidotrope
Krypton Radio
Lackington’s
Lamplight
Lightspeed
Meerkat Press
Metaphorosis
MQR Mixtape
Mysterion
Nature
Neon Hemlock
Nightmare
North American Review
Omenana Magazine
On Spec
Podcastle
Queen of Swords Press
Reckoning
Semper Fi Press
Short Édition
Solaris
Space and Time Magazine
Strange Horizons
Sword & Kettle
Syntax & Salt Magazine
The Future Fire
Three Lobed Burning Eye
Tor.com
Translunar Travelers Lounge
Truancy
Uncanny
Underland Press
Zombies Need Brains LLC

Why Rejections Aren’t A Bad Thing

9 Nov

A lot of writers have issues with rejections. Here’s the thing. If you submit your work, in any length, it is at some point going to get rejected. Unless you’re an absolute fucking genius writer.

However, for all the rest of us mere mortals, rejection is going to become a close companion. If you allow it, it might even become your friend.

“WAIT!” I hear you cry. “I fucking hate being rejected, it sucks, nothing good comes from rejections!”

And now I need you to shut the fuck up and listen.

I’ve been doing this for over 6 years now, this ain’t my first rodeo. I am the voice of experience. I’ve been rejected by pretty much every pro rated SF & Fantasy market who existed during that period. I had no fear, I would literally sub to anyone. Hell, I even once sent some crime fic to Ellery Queen. They rejected it.

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A rejection should be looked at as a learning experience, not a negative one.

Did they call you a cunt? Did they tell you never to sub there again? Did they say yours was the worst story they had ever seen?

If none of these things happened, and you got a boring, form rejection, that’s fine. They don’t hate you (I’ve got paranoia & mental health issues, I think all kinds of things), and they didn’t want that particular story. Or it wasn’t useful to them at that exact moment in time.

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This year I’ve discovered an entirely new to me form of rejection which isn’t an actual rejection. The return, or release.

In this case, the market like the piece, but don’t buy it, so they release it to allow you to submit it to other markets as they don’t wish to hurt you by holding it any longer. It’s both a rejection and not a rejection at the exact same time.

Schrodingers Rejection, if you like.

And you should like!

Anything which isn’t a rejection is a good thing. But I’m also here to tell you rejections are also a good thing.

Try to learn from each rejection. Why it didn’t sell or get accepted?

Was it too long? Had the market seen something similar too recently? Was it too short? These are all things you should be able to work out from the wording of your rejection, if it’s not a form rejection.

Also learn from what else is said in a rejection.

Did they say they enjoyed reading it? That means they like your style, keep trying! Did they say they want you to sub again, or words to that effect? They generally mean it. Sub again.

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Learn from each rejection. It’s not a personal sleight against you. It just wasn’t right at the time. I’ve been crazy close in a few pro-rated markets. Heck, I recently had a rejection which stuck in one editors brain so much she emailed me months later to ask if it was still for sale and could she buy it.

So rejections can turn into acceptances and sales.

If you are getting rejections, it means you are at least trying, you’re getting your work out there for editors to see. A lot of people aren’t even willing to risk sending their work out, so you are already ahead of them! Dare to dream, shoot for the moon.

Sure, you might not reach it now, but with every submission, you’ll learn more about what doesn’t work and why. See each rejection as a learning experience, not just about what markets don’t like, but about how strong you are as an individual.

If you’re going to fold up & cry at the first sign of failure, selling your writing might not be the right path to take. However, if you can take a rejection and bounce back from it enough to send out another sub, you might just have the chops to make it one day. Success isn’t going to come overnight, unless you’re that genius I mentioned earlier. Keep trying, keep honing your craft. You’ll make sales. The sheer law of statistics says you will. Unless your work is complete dreck.

And if it’s not dreck, you will sell something somewhere.

That’s why rejections aren’t a bad thing!

October 2020 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Nov

1 October
Todays Admin:- No from Space & Time on Stranding Room Only. Dear Transnational Death Tank Company to Interzone.
No=231, Yes=13, Sub=262, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=26, Yes=2, Sub=31.

More Admin:- Doing my tally yesterday, I realised at some point I failed to log 1 sub so I was 1 short. I’ve counted them & did do 30, so this is to correct my stats.
No=231, Yes=13, Sub=263, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=26, Yes=2, Sub=31.


2 October
Well, that’s a 1st for me. An R&R.
Revise & Resubmit.
Reader said “almost publishing ready”. Obviously I can’t say where, yet.
Todays Admin:- Bodge Job to Space and Time.
No=231, Yes=13, Sub=264, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=26, Yes=2, Sub=32.


3 October
Todays Admin:- No from Nightmare on A 1 Star Review Of The 200th Annual “Worst Monster” Pageant.
Fluid State to The Arkansas International.
No=232, Yes=13, Sub=265, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=27, Yes=2, Sub=33.

UK link for my latest Anthology appearance:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KBT7YY3
Ft my story “Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam)”

More Admin:- SALE! I made a sale! WEIRDEST SALE EVER!

Personal note. When announce permission is received, remove 1 from rejections. A previous rejection changed their mind! More news when I’m allowed.

NOTE:- If you see this acceptance, PLEASE DO NOT SHARE IT UNTIL I GET PERMISSION TO ANNOUNCE!

Also. Checked rates. SECOND PRO SALE!


4 October
Todays Admin:- Stranding Room Only has been sold to Abyss & Apex. A Fragile Reality to The Future Fire.
No=231, Yes=14, Sub=266, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=27, Yes=3, Sub=34.

More Admin:-No from Every Day Fiction on The Suicide Drive.
No=232, Yes=14, Sub=266, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=28, Yes=3, Sub=34.

If in future I’m asked to revise & resub, I’m just going to resub.
1st person said “almost publishing ready” I did everything they asked.
2nd person said “We’ve seen this before, not what we publish.”


5 October
Todays Admin:- No from The Drabblecast on Empty Chest.
The Adventures Of The Amazing Jill, And Otter Bob to Legendary Tales.
No=233, Yes=14, Sub=267, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=29, Yes=3, Sub=35.

Received my contributor copy of Ghostlight Magazine today.

More Admin:- No from Apex Magazine on Egg Witch.
No=234, Yes=14, Sub=267, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=30, Yes=3, Sub=35.


6 October
Todays Admin:- I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks to Not One of Us.
No=234, Yes=14, Sub=268, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=30, Yes=3, Sub=36.


7 October
Todays Admin:- I Made A New Friend Today to F&SF.
No=234, Yes=14, Sub=269, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=30, Yes=3, Sub=37.

More Admin:- No from Fireside on Witch Hunt.
No=235, Yes=14, Sub=269, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=31, Yes=3, Sub=37.


8 October
Todays Admin:- No from Interzone on Dear Transnational Death Tank Company.
A Wizarding World to Metaphorosis.
No=236, Yes=14, Sub=270, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=32, Yes=3, Sub=38.


9 October
Todays Admin:- No from Metaphorosis on A Wizarding World.
War Driver to Amazing Stories.
No=237, Yes=14, Sub=271, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=33, Yes=3, Sub=39.

More Admin:- No from Fantasy Magazine on The Man Who Looked After The Sea.
No=238, Yes=14, Sub=271, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=34, Yes=3, Sub=39.


10 October
Todays Admin:- The War Machines to Dark Matter Magazine.
No=238, Yes=14, Sub=272, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=34, Yes=3, Sub=40.


11 October
Todays Admin:- No from F&SF on I Made A New Friend Today.
Witch Hunt to Mythaxis.
No=239, Yes=14, Sub=273, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=35, Yes=3, Sub=41.


12 October
Todays Admin:- No from Space & Time on Bodge Job.
I Made A New Friend Today to Clarkesworld.
No=240, Yes=14, Sub=274, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=36, Yes=3, Sub=42.


13 October
Todays Admin:- Dear Transnational Death Tank Company to The Arcanist.
No=240, Yes=14, Sub=275, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=36, Yes=3, Sub=43.

Another interview by me:- https://barrylillie.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/20-20-ray-daley/


14 October
Todays Admin:- Mission 334; Mannequin World to Apex Magazine.
No=240, Yes=14, Sub=276, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=36, Yes=3, Sub=44.

More Admin:- No from Mythaxis on Witch on & from Clarkesworld on I Made A New Friend Today.
No=242, Yes=14, Sub=276, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=38, Yes=3, Sub=44.


15 October
Todays Admin:- Learning To Breathe to Constellation Magazine.
No=242, Yes=14, Sub=277, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=38, Yes=3, Sub=45.


16 October
Todays Admin:- Machine Shop to Interzone.
No=242, Yes=14, Sub=278, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=38, Yes=3, Sub=46.


17 October
Todays Admin:- Dear Toaster to Flash Fiction Online.
No=242, Yes=14, Sub=279, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=38, Yes=3, Sub=47.


18 October
Todays Admin:- Getting Back to Far from Home.
No=242, Yes=14, Sub=280, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=38, Yes=3, Sub=48.

More Admin:- No from Amazing Stories on War Driver.
No=243, Yes=14, Sub=280, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=39, Yes=3, Sub=48.


19 October
Todays Admin:- Snurgal The Knurgal to PseudoPod.
No=243, Yes=14, Sub=281, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=39, Yes=3, Sub=49.

More Admin:- No from Apex Magazine on Mission 334; Mannequin World.
No=244, Yes=14, Sub=281, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=40, Yes=3, Sub=49.


20 October
Todays Admin:- A Monster Under Every Bed to Dread Imaginings.
No=244, Yes=14, Sub=282, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=40, Yes=3, Sub=50.


21 October
Todays Admin:- The Dive to Clarkesworld
No=244, Yes=14, Sub=283, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=40, Yes=3, Sub=51.


22 October
Todays Admin:- Two Little Birds to Paper Butterfly.
No=244, Yes=14, Sub=284, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=40, Yes=3, Sub=52.

More Admin:- No from Clarkesworld on The Dive.
No=245, Yes=14, Sub=284, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=41, Yes=3, Sub=52.

More Admin:- No from Not One Of Us on I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=284, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=52.


23 October
Todays Admin:- Fair King, Fell Low to Departure Mirror.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=285, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=53.


24 October
Todays Admin:- Rescue Me to The Martian Wave.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=286, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=54.


25 October
Todays Admin:- The Hauntings to Boneyard Soup Magazine.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=287, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=55.


26 October
Todays Admin:- Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company to Utopia Science Fiction.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=288, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=56.

More Admin:- The Waking Nightmare to Cemetery Gates Media.
No=246, Yes=14, Sub=289, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=56.
Not logged on yr challenge.

I’m not logging it on the year challenge because that’s a 1 a day thing. Any more than that would just be silly. I am allowed to sub more, but it’s wasting future markets, unless the market is one that’s closing quickly.

More Admin:- No from Cemetery Gates on The Waking Nightmare.
No=247, Yes=14, Sub=289, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=56.

Rejection not logged on year challenge as sub wasn’t either.
Good feedback on what they want.


27 October
Todays Admin:- The Payment Room to Curiouser Magazine.
No=247, Yes=14, Sub=290, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=57.


28 October
Todays Admin:- Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop to Arsenika.
No=247, Yes=14, Sub=291, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=42, Yes=3, Sub=58.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08L8LS9N7
My latest story And The Lord Taketh Away is now available to read in issue 37 of The Colored Lens.


29 October
Todays Admin:- No from Occult Detective Magazine on The Haunting Of An Occult Detective & on from Flash Fiction Online on Dear Toaster.
Hyperboy; Trinity to UnMasked.
No=249, Yes=14, Sub=291, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=44, Yes=3, Sub=59.


30 October
Todays Admin:- Mission 334; Mannequin World to Bourbon Penn.
No=249, Yes=14, Sub=292, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=44, Yes=3, Sub=60.


31 October
Todays Admin:- The Death Of A Secret Policeman to Hypnos Magazine.
No=249, Yes=14, Sub=293, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=44, Yes=3, Sub=61.

More Admin:- No from Fantasy Magazine on Fairy Tales, And Lies.
No=250, Yes=14, Sub=293, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=45, Yes=3, Sub=61.

More Admin:- No from Departure Mirror on Fair King, Fell Low.
No=251, Yes=14, Sub=293, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:- No=46, Yes=3, Sub=61.


20 rejections, 31 submissions, 1 acceptance, 0 withdrawn or not received.

So this was October 2020

1 Nov

I’ve made 293 new submissions. 249 rejections. 14 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, 21st July, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, 26th July, 2020.
Lost Souls sold to Daily Science Fiction, 30th August, 2020. (1st Pro Sale!)
And The Lord Taketh Away sold to The Colored Lens, 2nd September, 2020.
Grandmothers Shoes sold to Bards And Sages Quarterly, 16th September, 2020.
Stranding Room Only sold to Abyss & Apex, 3rd October, 2020.

There are currently 42 stories out in submission:-

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.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. February 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
(REPRINT) The Dionesian Wave. Tell-Tale Press. May 4th, 2020.
For The Duty. Space Force: Building The Legacy. May 19th, 2020.
The Shaming. The Starship Logs Vol 3: Nabu Carnevale. Tell-Tale Press. 1st June, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby (Bairn 93). 30th June, 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.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force – the expected release for this is before Xmas 2020. (DTBC)
Lost Souls will be released in Daily Science Fiction, currently no date known on this, sorry. (DTBC)
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, April, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room Only will be released in Abyss & Apex, 1st January, 2022.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

2 stories out from the January Submission Challenge are still out. There are also still 3 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! One of those is going to be on hold a while longer, thanks to COVID issues.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going, at this point, I expect death before publication.

Fillers won’t be appearing in Again, Hazardous Imaginings. I was asked to do a full rewrite which I wasn’t prepared to do, especially after being told “yours is the best thus far and the most fitting for the anthology’s theme.

The 2nd month of the year long subs challenge is now over. Only 10 more to go.