So this was April 2021

1 May

I’ve made 174 new submissions. 143 rejections. 6 acceptances. 1 withdrawn, 0 not received.
As of next month I’ll no longer be logging withdrawn stories as that so rarely happens.


Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company sold to Utopia Science Fiction, Jan 14th 2021.
Rescue Me sold to Hireath Publishing, Jan 31st, 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It sold to The Angry Noodle, Feb 23rd 2021. (1st non-fiction sale!)
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green sold to The Lorelei Signal, Mar 7th 2021.
Overground sold to COLP, Apr 5th 2021.
The Message sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 28th 2021.

There are currently 57 stories out in submission:-


Lost Souls was released at Daily Science, Fiction 27th Jan 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue. 30th Mar 2021.


Overground will be released in COLP:Underground, 2021. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company will be released at Utopia Science Fiction, Jun 2021. (DTBC)
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green will be released at The Lorelei Signal, July 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st, 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It will be released at The Angry Noodle, 2021. (DTBC)
The Message will be released at Stupefying Stories, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)

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


Some projects are taking longer than expected, hang in there friends, releases will come eventually!

3 Responses to “So this was April 2021”

  1. Bob May 31, 2021 at 6:35 am #

    Hi Ray,
    Alas, Old Fartdom has finally sucked me into the abyss reserved for technical morons. Okay, I’m 74 but that’s no excuse for failing to workout the submission procedure to Pete Wood’s “Would You Like Fries With That” flash fiction challenge on Stupefying Stories Mag. Your “Fixing Broken Dreams” was a charmer, original, too.
    Question; So, how the hell did you submit your work? I would like to be prepared for next time, whenever that may be in this currently topsy-turvy world of ours.
    Bob Keenan

    • Ray Daley May 31, 2021 at 1:11 pm #

      Hey Bob,

      Thanks for your kind comments, glad you liked the piece. I didn’t think it was a strong story compared to the others so it make me happy that someone enjoyed it.

      Those stories were all sourced through a members only site (Codex) requiring a sale to a SFWA qualifying venue.

      (list of those here:-

      Pete has sold material to Stupefying before so had a prior relationship, Bruce (Bethke) asked him to source some material based on a prompt he gave.

      I know Bruce has been quite busy with his wife’s healthcare, hence not being open to general subs recently. Pete did all the leg-work, getting the stories prepping them for publication.

      • Bob Keenan June 1, 2021 at 6:23 pm #

        Hello Ray,

        Thanks for the clarification regarding the Stupefying Stories flash challenge, which is a relief; my brain isn’t as technologically mushy as I feared. Phew! I have been receiving the Stupefying newsletter for about a year or so. The editorials are informative, many concern my “era” and the cartoons depicting the travails of writing, quite amusing.

        In any case, though not as original and touching as yours, I will post my unsent flash, at You are more than welcome to enjoy it for what it is, much more in the vein of a space opera.

        As you exemplify, doggedly plugging away with submissions, no matter, is one of the the keys to publishing short stories, not to mention novels. Talent, too, of course. The occasional “personal” rejection, especially those with a writing suggestion or two, helps to keep one’s hope alive, at times a rather fragile virtue for writers who face rejection-after-rejection.

        BTW, your link to the SFWA guidelines and qualifying mags for membership is a big help, as well. Thanks, again.

        Keep plugging away,

        Bob Keenan

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