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May Submission Challenge Stats post

31 May

Hello writer friends! As I have just sent out the last sub for this month, I thought I’d get on with updating you what went where and how the month went in general.

May 1st, todays market – Kanstellation (themed)

The Haunting Of An Occult Detective to Occult Detective Magazine,
The Lanyards to Weird Tales,
Major McCain to F&SF
& Spirit Animal to Nature; Futures.

No=108, Yes=8, Sub=135, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

No, I did NOT sub to todays market, as I had nothing on the theme. Yes, I did sub to Nature early, I’ve got a horror market lined up for myself on that day. Yes, I have also subbed to F&SF early. I know how fast they turn around & will subbing numerous pieces to them across this month.

May 2nd, todays market – Abyss & Apex

A couple of apologies first. Compelling & Andromeda Spaceways aren’t open. I thought they were. Sorry about that. Effected me too as it brought me down from 3 subs to 2.

The Healer to Abyss & Apex, Egg Witch to Women of the Woods.

No=108, Yes=8, Sub=137, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 3rd, todays market – F&SF

As I’ve not had a rejection back from F&SF yet, I couldn’t sub there today.

Some publishing news from me. I’m going to be in The Best of CafeLit 9 anthology with my story 2 Tickets To The End Of The World. I’m not sure exactly when this will be coming out, but I’ll make sure a link is available when I get one.

Shake-down to Clarkesworld,
Top Field Tanks to Shoreline of Infinity
& The War Machines to Cossmass Infinities.

No=108, Yes=8, Sub=140, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 4th, todays market – Clarkesworld

No from Space & Time on Hyperboy; Trinity &
No from Midnight In The Pentagram on You Have Summoned a Demon.
The Children’s Waterfall to Interzone.
No from Clarkesworld on Shake-down.

No=111, Yes=8, Sub=141, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

Just the 1 story going out today, and not todays market either, because I didn’t want to be waiting until 4pm to sub. I’ll sub to SH tomorrow, as I can do it right away.

May 5th, todays market – Strange Horizons

My 1st publication of this month, which was also the sale of my 1st reprint! The Dionesian Wave.

Please Hold to Strange Horizons &
Stray Kids Come Back to The Centropic Oracle.
No from Bards & Sages Quarterly on My Kingdom,
& from The Society of Misfit Stories on Death In Tunnel 3.

No=113, Yes=8, Sub=143, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 6th, todays market – Interzone

I guess I am going to have to own my mistake. I haven’t got a market to sub to today, it’s my own fault for trying to get so much out on days 1 and 2. While I could have pulled another of the markets from later down the challenge it’s only fair I admit I fucked up & overdid it it at the start.

It’s been a day of no subs for this guy. No rejections either, but I’ll confirm my stats at or after midnight my time.
No subs, no rejections.

No=113, Yes=8, Sub=143, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 7th, todays market – Daily Science Fiction

Nobody is perfect, not even the creator of the challenge themself! After my epic screw up yesterday leaving me no market to sub to, I got back on the horse, which ran off when I fell from it so I had to chase the little shit.

The Angels Kiss to Daily Science Fiction.

No=113, Yes=8, Sub=144, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 8th, todays market – 3 Lobed Burning Eye

Overground to 3 Lobed Burning Eye.

No=113, Yes=8, Sub=145, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 9th, todays market – Vestal Review

Todays market (Vestal Review) is not open for general subs.

At this point, I’m guessing Charlie Finlay is busier than normal. Would normally have heard back from him by now.
A Day For Flying to Allegory.

No=113, Yes=8, Sub=146, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 10th, todays market – The Arcanist

No from Escape Pod Flash Contest on Cinema Show.
The Next Best King to The Arcanist.

No=114, Yes=8, Sub=147, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 11th, todays market – Asimov’s

No from Interzone on The Children’s Waterfall.
The Assistance Centre to Asimov’s
& The Ripples Of Time to Interzone.

No=115, Yes=8, Sub=149, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 12th, todays market – Every Day Fiction

No from Fireside on Mission 334; Mannequin World.
The Suicide Drive to Every Day Fiction
& I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks to We’re the Weird Aliens.

No=116, Yes=8, Sub=151, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

When/if we run next time (I’m not sure either way right now), Every Day Fiction WILL NOT be used as a market by me. Their contract is incredibly shitty & I hadn’t noticed until I actually read the damn thing. If you personally wish to sub there, I won’t stop you, but I’d advise otherwise after this time around. $3 for a story & nothing for a possible anthology later royally sucks a donkey cock thru several straws.

May 13th, todays market – AGNI

Shoulder Surfers to AGNI.

No=116, Yes=8, Sub=152, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 14th, todays market – Beneath Ceaseless Skies

A Selection Of Fools Grails to Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
No from Hypnos Magazine on The Border.
No from F&SF on Major McCain.

No=118, Yes=8, Sub=153, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

I’ve got quite a lot due back any day now, hopeful some of those will be sales. I’m still not sure about the fate of the next possible challenge. Recently I’ve been looking into trying a writing course so it MIGHT get put off to allow me time to do that. I’ll keep you in the loop, obviously.

May 15th, todays market – Cast Of Wonders (Banned books week)

Hot Dust to F&SF,
What You Can Do With A Non-trademarked Nut-spread to Clarkesworld.

No=118, Yes=8, Sub=155, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

Still no sales for me yet, but I live in hope. And a house, because hope don’t keep you warm & dry.

May 16th, todays market – Sirius Science Fiction

Empty Chest to Drabblecast.
No from Clarkesworld on What You Can Do With A Non-trademarked Nut-spread.

No=119, Yes=8, Sub=156, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

I had to skip todays market as I still have a story outstanding there right now, couldn’t jump to tomorrows market either as that doesn’t open until then, hence going to Drabblecast today.

May 17th, todays market – Ordinary Mortals Anthology

Hyperboy; Trinity to Rogue Blades Ordinary Mortals Anthology.
No from The Centropic Oracle on Stray Kids Come Back,
from Interzone on The Ripples Of Time
& from Augur on Fair King, Fell Low.

No=122, Yes=8, Sub=157, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 18th, todays market – The Drabblecast

Playing For Time to Interzone.

No=122, Yes=8, Sub=158, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

Subbing here because I can, & I’d already done Drabblecast a few days ago. I’m getting a bit nervous waiting on Sirius SF to get back to me. If I’ve heard nothing by the end of the week, I’ll have to risk a simultaneous sub to them. If could do with Abyss & Apex giving me an update too, TBH.

May 19th, todays market – Electric Spec

Into The Labyrinth to Electric Spec.
No from Dark Moon Digest on Ghost Tour.

No=123, Yes=8, Sub=159, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
Space Force: Building The Legacy (Featuring my story “For The Duty”) released today.

I’ve got an idea I’m fairly enthused to write about today (for a change), something which kept me awake for several hours, tossing the scenarios over in my mind.

May 20th, todays market – Metaphorosis

Pen Pals From The Abyss to Metaphorosis.
No from Three-Lobed Burning Eye on Overground.

No=124, Yes=8, Sub=160, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

I’ve got a couple of outlines I’ve plotted out for stories I’m going to write. I’ve already started one but now I’ve got all my ideas out of my head & in some sort of order down on paper, it looks way more viable.

Fairly quick rejection here, only 8 days. I’m pleased to report I wrote my first good story in almost a month today, 2600(ish) words for a sub tomorrow. It felt fairly easy.

May 21st, todays market – Flash Fiction Online

We Lived In OmniPark! to Tales From OmniPark
& Remembering Little Betty to Flash Fiction Online.
No from F&SF on Hot Dust.

No=125, Yes=8, Sub=162, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0

May 22nd, todays market – (Hybrid Ink) Future//Tense: Sex

The Sex Lives Of Robots to Future//Tense: Sex
& The Magician to F&SF.
No from Interzone on Playing For Time
& No from Metaphorosis on Pen Pals From The Abyss.
No from Tales From OmniPark on We Lived In OmniPark!

No=128, Yes=8, Sub=164, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0

May 23rd, todays market – The Future Fire

Hot Dust to Clarkesworld
& The Sleeping Season to The Future Fire.
No from Sci Phi Journal on And The Lord taketh Away.
No from Daily Science Fiction on The Angels Kiss.

No=130, Yes=8, Sub=166, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 24th, todays market – Not One Of Us

No from The Overcast on The Passing Of Witchcraft.
Nightwing Fucks Shit Up to Not One of Us.
No from Clarkesworld on Hot Dust.

No=132, Yes=8, Sub=167, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 25th, todays market – Chrome Baby

I’ve lost track of what day it is.

No from Rogue Blades Entertainment on Hyperboy; Trinity.
They Who Dare to Chrome Baby
& Lost Souls to Daily Science Fiction.
No from F&SF on The Magician.

No=133, Yes=8, Sub=169, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 26th, todays market – Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores

At this point, I am resigned to no sales this month. I suppose 3 for 3 was too much to ask for.
Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores is closed.
The Man Who Looked After The Sea to Mythaxis
& Fairytales, And Lies to F&SF.

No=134, Yes=8, Sub=171, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 27th, todays market – Nature; Futures

Got a contributor copy of my latest anthology appearance in the post today. FREE BOOKS ROCK!

Running With Scissors to The No Sleep Podcast.

No=134, Yes=8, Sub=172, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

26 pieces currently still out in this event.
3 from January. 3 from last September.
Total of 47 pieces still out in subs.

May 28th, todays market – Amazing Stories

No from Beneath Ceaseless Skies on A Selection Of Fools Grails.
And The Lord Taketh Away to Amazing Stories.

No=135, Yes=8, Sub=173, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

May 29th, todays market – Bards & Sages Quarterly

Grandmothers Shoes to Bards & Sages Quarterly.

No=135, Yes=8, Sub=174, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

I also got a hold from Mythaxis. It’s nice they are so quick, certainly feels good to have another story beyond 1st readers. I don’t want to speak too soon but it looks like my story won’t appear at Chrome Baby this month after all. I’d expected it to go up today, but there’s a poem up instead.

As I’ve already had something out this month, I’m fine with it getting bumped.

May 30th, todays market – The Dark Magazine

Jesus, that was a task and a half! I got everything working then the laptop reset for an update which took 2 fucking hrs to do, then I couldn’t get it to load back up, some issue with the settings. Anyway, that took another hour (mail won’t load or work now) so I’ve had to sub through Hotmail. I now can’t check my regular email.

No from F&SF on Fairytales, And Lies.
Just A Small Slice Of Life to The Dark Magazine.
No from Mythaxis on The Man Who Looked After The Sea
& from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly on Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green.

No=138, Yes=8, Sub=175, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

After another hour tinkering, I’ve got Thunderbird installed, I now have email.

May 31st, todays market – Shoreline of Infinity

Hot Dust to Interzone.
No from The Dark Magazine on Just A Small Slice Of Life.

No=139, Yes=8, Sub=176, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.

I wanted to sub to Clarkesworld today, but I royally screwed up & somehow managed to send them the last story they’d rejected. There’s no way to remove a story from subs on their system, so I’ll have to wait for that to be rejected again.

I’ll list this as my last sub for the month, there’s still what’s left of today for an acceptance to arrive.

41 submissions made.
31 rejections received.
0 acceptances.
27 May challenge pieces still out.
1 dead PC.

I’ll be honest, this hasn’t been a great month, even with new stories coming out. I thought I might make at least 1 sale before the month ended, but it appears that isn’t going to happen. I got nice comments from Mythaxis who I’ll be subbing to again.

I don’t know when or if this challenge will run again. If it does, possibly July, but that’s subject to change.
Normally by the end of each challenge I know for sure when I want to go again, right now I feel a bit defeated. That might change if some sales start coming in.

We’ll see, I guess?

Setting goals & keeping focussed

23 Apr

Today I’m happy to have finished all my prep work for the May challenge.

That’s 31 stories & 2 spares to sub out. Spellchecked, a grammar pass, audioproofed (with a listen along, doing any edits) & layout.

It took about 5 days in total, including the time it took me to select all 33 of those stories. A lot of it is what I’d class as “invisible work”, or stuff the end reader will never know happened to the piece unless they follow this blog or my twitter feed.

I’m trying my to lift the curtain back on what I do “behind the scenes”, to bring a story to being able to submit it. The story needs to be absolutely the best condition, in terms of readability, grammar, no mistakes, consistancy and layout.

I want the editors where I’m sending these stories to have the best possible reading experience I as a writer can give them. Sure, it helps if the story is solid and enjoyable too, but all the niggly small things an editor might potentially reject your work for needs to be removed.

Then you’ve got a fighting chance at a sale.

The main problem with going through all these steps with so many different stories is it really takes it out of you, mentally and physically. It’s even tougher with being in lockdown, to the point where the last time I did this it took 3 days in total to do 38 stories. This time around it took almost a week, and I’m not in a hurry to be doing it again any time soon.

The main thing I found which helped me was to set a daily goal, to get a specific amount of stories done. I didn’t always achieve that goal, but I knew that with each piece I did, it was making my workload lighter for the next day.

It has been quite difficult to maintain focus on the stages of getting these stories fully polished and submission ready. Again, the daily goals have helped there, but I didn’t get to all of them. I don’t see that as a failure, more I over estimated my own ability or mental state at the time.

Never set yourself stupid targets you can’t possible reach. Goals should be sensible, reasonable, and within your grasp. Even if you fail to reach those goals, it’s still a helpful process as you’ve learned something about how you work as a writer, which will shape your future experiences.

I now have time to cooldown, to get myself and my mind ready for the challenge.

Challenge update

16 Apr

I’m pleased to say I have chosen my core 31 stories. I’ve picked 1 spare, so far, and I’m fairly sure I’ll be able to find at least 5 more as my extras.

EXTRAS:- Stories I’ll be submitting as additional pieces on days where I already have a piece selected. I don’t want to just send out 31 stories. 31 is a bare minimum. I managed over 60 last time, but a shit ton of markets were open at the time.

Markets have been tough to find, I want people to know that. I worked HARD. I mean crazy fucking hard sourcing places who paid & were open. I’ve done a lot of advertising, to entice other writers into joining in. I’ve no clue how many new people are going to join us this time around.

I’ll make a start on my prep tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who is and will be supporting me now & next month. It really means a lot to me.

May 2020 Submission Challenge update

9 Mar

All markets have now been checked. All are paying & open during May as far as I have been able to ascertain.

The rules are simple:- Try to sub a story to the market I’ve listed on the day I list it to be used. If you don’t wish to sub on that day or to that market, you don’t have to. In an ideal world, you’ll sub to all 31 markets and have (at least) 31 stories out. If you only want to sub 1 story during the month, that is totally fine! You don’t even have to use these markets, as long as you use a PAYING MARKET!

The private Facebook group was renamed, if you want an invite, message me via FB.

Feel free to get in touch with me on twitter @RayDaleyWriter if you are interested in taking part!

01 – Kanstellation (themed)
02 – Abyss & Apex (Flash only!)
03 – F&SF
04 – Clarkesworld
05 – Strange Horizons
06 – Interzone
07 – Daily Science Fiction
08 – 3 Lobed Burning Eye
09 – Vestal Review
10 – The Arcanist
11 – Asimov’s
12 – Every Day Fiction
13 – AGNI
14 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies
15 – Cast Of Wonders (Banned books week)
16 – Sirius Science Fiction
17 – Ordinary Mortals Anthology
18 – The Drabblecast
19 – Electric Spec
20 – Metaphorosis
21 – Flash Fiction Online
22 – (Hybrid Ink) Future//Tense: Sex
23 – The Future Fire
24 – Not One Of Us
25 – Chrome Baby
26 – Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores
27 – Nature; Futures
28 – Amazing Stories
29 – Bards & Sages Quarterly
30 – The Dark Magazine (Dark Fantasy)
31 – Shoreline of Infinity –

All the above links are verified as PAYING & OPEN DURING MAY. Do not bump any links, most are open for short periods only (those which aren’t “always open” markets). If you struggle to find somewhere open, please use F&SF, Asimov’s, Interzone or Clarkesworld.

Be aware Clarkesworld have a 7 day cool off period so you have to wait once you’ve received a rejection/acceptance there. F&SF, Interzone & Asimov’s, you can send to as soon as you’ve heard back.

SPARES:- Weird Tales Magazine Subs end May 2nd Midnight PST
Cossmass Infinities (Until May 14th)
Write Ahead/The Future Looms
The Centropic Oracle (Currently Flash only)
Women of the Woods
Compelling Science Fiction
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine

Horror links:- Black Static
No Sleep Podcast
Occult Detective Magazine

Sorry It’s Been Quiet

28 Feb

I’ve not been in a great headspace this month.

I was struggling to get 100 subs out without a break, that went on most of the month.

While I had 2 stories published, my brain chemistry hates me so I thought I wasn’t doing well. (This is a lie. Depression frequently is a liar) I made a sale, which unfortunately went south (more on that in a different blog post when I finally write it) then the following day I made another sale which I’m awaiting permission to announce.

I’ve written one new story in the last week, I’m trying to get back to writing more often. Not sure how successful that’ll be with my frequent mood swings.

Anyway, I just wanted to make a quick post before the end of the month to say I’m not dead.

Summing Up The January Submission Challenge!

1 Feb

I’m not just going to say what was subbed where & what was rejected by who on which day, I’ll also give running daily stats & talk about what else happened as the month went on.

Today’s market was Fantasy & Science Fiction. I started the year with a story publication too! Aether & Ichor published A Tooth fairy Dreams… in their final issue.

01-Fluid State to F&SF,
Previous Iterations to Kanstellation,
I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks to Cossmass Infinities.
No=0, Yes=0, Sub=3.

Today’s market was Clarkesworld. I had to bump Space & Time up the list too as they brought their closing date forward. This would prove to be annoying later in the month. We discovered 87 Bedford was closed today as well. You’ll see what problems that causes shortly too.

02-Scenario Twelve to Space & Time.
The Witch In The Fog to Clarkesworld Magazine.
No from Space and Time on The Sex Lives Of Robots.
No=1, Yes=0, Sub=5.

Today’s market was Daily Science Fiction. No issues submitting there, thankfully.

03-No from F&SF on Fluid State.
Monster to Daily Science Fiction,
Nightwing Fucks Shit Up to F&SF.
No=2, Yes=0, Sub=7.

Today’s market was Sirius Science Fiction. Totally fine submitting here. A good solid market.

04-No from James Gunn’s Ad Astra on House, Or Home.
No from F&SF on Nightwing Fucks Shit Up.
Nightwing Fucks Shit Up to Interzone.
One Of Us Is Lying to Sirius Science Fiction,
One Night Stand to Mythic.
No=4, Yes=0, Sub=10.

Today’s market was 87 Bedford, which was closed. After a bit of a scramble, I found Strange Constellations WAS open, thankfully.

05-Weird Old Wullie to Strange Constellations,
Starliner Down to F&SF.
No=4, Yes=0, Sub=12.

Today’s market was Strange Constellations. Guess who I subbed to the previous day? I found an anthology call open and subbed there. I also subbed to Infinite Worlds Magazine, because the anthology wasn’t a paying call.

06-No from Clarkesworld on The Witch In The Fog.
Bodge Job to Infinite Worlds Magazine,
Mushnik’s Guitar to Aphotic Realm’s Interstellar; Horror Among the Stars.
No=5, Yes=0, Sub=14.

Today’s market was Agni. I subbed there. On the right day.

07-No from F&SF on Starliner Down.
Stranding Room Only to F&SF.
Salvation to Agni.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=16.

Today’s market was Visions. I couldn’t sub here because they were closed. So I subbed a horror piece from the  horror market list I’d also created. I’d made it, so why not use it, right?

08-Ghost Tour to Dark Moon Digest.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=17.

Today’s market was The Overcast. Hooray for a day with no problems submitting there.

09-Two Little Birds to The Arcanist,
She, Of The Tribeless to The Overcast.
Timeshare to Hybrid Ink; Small Loves.
No=6, Yes=0, Sub=20.

Today’s market was Trouble Among The Stars. They were placed on this day as their closure deadline was imminent.

10-No from F&SF on Stranding Room Only,
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) to Trouble Among the Stars
& The Healer to F&SF.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=22.

Today’s market was Constellary Tales. They were closed.  I had this market in reserve though.

11-They Who Dare to Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=23.

Today’s market was Electric Spec. Their deadline was looming, so I’d placed them here for that reason. My 2nd story of the year was published today. “It Takes A Dragon…” went live at Flash Fiction Magazine.

12-Total Immersion to Electric Spec.
No=7, Yes=0, Sub=24.

Today’s market was Strange Horizons. You can only sub here on a certain day between certain times. The hoops you have to leap through JUST to submit a fucking story.

13-No from F&SF on The Healer,
Fair King, Fell Low to Strange Horizons,
The Healer to Clarkesworld.
No=8, Yes=0, Sub=26.

Today’s market was Every Day Fiction.

14-No from Daily Science Fiction on Monster,
no from Interzone on Nightwing Fucks Shit Up,
The Age Of Chivalry to Every Day Fiction,
Shoulder Surfers to Forge Literary Magazine.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=28.

Today’s market was Strange Fictions. Submission Grinder listed it as “permanently closed” hence submitting elsewhere.

15-Save State to Utopia Science Fiction,
Simon Says to F&SF.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=30.

Today’s market was NewMyths.

16-The Fight to NewMyths,
Ghost Tour to The Dark.
No=10, Yes=0, Sub=32.

Today’s market was Chrome Baby.

17-No from Electric Spec on Total Immersion,
no from NewMyths on The Fight,
no from The Dark on Ghost Tour.
The Scars Of War to Chrome Baby,
The Uninvited to Black Static.
No=13, Yes=0, Sub=34.

Today’s market was Flash Fiction Online.

18-No from Forge Literary Magazine on Shoulder Surfers,
no from F&SF on Simon Says
& no from ServiceScape Short Story Award on In Hot Water.
On Common Ground to Flash Fiction Online,
Say Again, Over to F&SF.
No=16, Yes=0, Sub=36.

Today’s market was Metaphorosis Magazine. I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to sub there because of the way they make you format a story to such an exact way. In the end I just did it anyway. Tell-Tale Press were closed for general subs, Andrea invited me to sub to her anthology call. Well, I wangled an invitation. Right place, right time.

19-No from Black Static on The Uninvited.
Sidekicks to Metaphorosis,
The Shaming to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale,
Ballroom to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale,
& The Dionesian Wave to Tell-Tale Press; Nabu Carnevale.
No=17, Yes=0, Sub=40.

Today’s market was Mithila Review. First sale of the month! 36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press. I actually made 2 sales on this day but didn’t get permission to announce the 2nd sale right away hence not announcing it here.

20-No from F&SF on Say Again, Over.
No from B Cubed Press on Volunteers Needed.
36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press.
The War Machines to Mithila Review,
Say Again, Over to Aggregate.
No=19, Yes=1, Sub=42.

Today’s market was Space & Time. I’d already had to bump it up the list to get in before they shut, so there was a bit of looking around for an open paying market today.

21-No from Clarkesworld on The Healer,
no from Cossmass Infinities on Cardboard Cliffs.
The Man Who Borrowed My Clock to Planet Scumm,
Assessment to Curiosities.
Volunteers Needed! to Space Force; Building a Legacy.
No=21, Yes=1, Sub=45.

Today’s market was Asimovs. I was also given permission to announce my 2nd sale of the year! My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) was sold to Trouble Among the Stars on Jan 20th. As I knew I wasn’t going to be submitting to Analog on the 26th, I moved Asimov’s to there.

22-The Ripples Of Time to F&SF,
Stray Kids Come Back to Hybrid Fiction.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) SOLD to Trouble Among the Stars.
No from Metaphorosis on Sidekicks,
no from Newfound on The Very Next Best Thing To Being There,
no from Curiosities on Assessment.
No=24, Yes=2, Sub=47.

Today’s market was Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

23-Dragon Bait to Beneath Ceaseless Skies,
Somewhere, It’s Still Paris to Electric Spec.
No=24, Yes=2, Sub=49.

Today’s market was Interzone.

24-Stranding Room Only to Interzone.
No from F&SF on The Ripples Of Time,
no from Beneath Ceaseless Skies on Dragon Bait
& no from Kanstellation on Previous Iterations.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=50.

Today’s market was Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

25-Grandmothers Shoes to Three-lobed Burning Eye,
Top Field Tanks to All Worlds Wayfarer.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=52.

Today’s market was Analog. I already had a piece there, and knew they had a backlog of at least 4-5 months so I used Asimov’s instead. I also pitched a couple of stories to Andrea Dawn at Tell-Tale & she said go ahead, send them, so I did.

26-The Burning Towers to Tell-Tale Press Nabu Carnevale
& Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green to Tell-Tale Press Nabu Carnevale.
Starliner Down to Asimovs.
No=27, Yes=2, Sub=55.

Today’s market was The Weird And Whatnot. Couldn’t sub here today because their web domain had expired, so another scramble for open markets.

27-No from Asimov’s on Starliner Down.
Stranding Room Only to Clarkesworld,
The Uninvited to Tales to Terrify
& Caught Red-Handed to Interzone.
No=28, Yes=2, Sub=58.

Today’s market was Liquid Imagination. Guess who closed early? They did, leaving me yet ANOTHER scramble for somewhere open. It’s a good job I’ve got over 500 finished stories to sub, isn’t it?

28-No from Clarkesworld on Stranding Room Only.
Second Site to F&SF,
The Death Of Tony Fashion to Flash Bang Mysteries.
No=29, Yes=2, Sub=60.

Today’s market was Not One Of Us. They were open, I subbed there.

29-No from Hybrid Fiction on Stray Kids Come Back.
No from F&SF on Second Site
& no from Analog on Body Banks.
Breaking Down A Cursed Sandwich to Not One of Us.
No=32, Yes=2, Sub=61.

Today’s market was Augur. Who were closed. I went with Silver Blade who I’d discovered a few days earlier.

30-No from Three-lobed Burning Eye on Grandmothers Shoes,
no from Interzone on Caught Red-Handed.
The Sex Lives Of Robots to The Weird and Whatnot,
Wizard Of The Day to Silver Blade Magazine.
No=34, Yes=2, Sub=63.

Today’s market was Timeworn Literary Journal. I didn’t feel I had anything which fitted their requirements, so went insane and subbed to several places. Thanks to an email reminding me Compelling were open, I subbed there as one of them.

31-Starliner Down to Compelling,
Idiots Of The Underworld to F&SF,
Simon Says to Interzone
& Bizarre Life Triangle to Tales from the Moonlit Path.
No from Interzone on Simon Says.
No=35, Yes=2, Sub=67.

So over 31 days I submitted 67 stories in total. Had 35 rejections. Sold 2.

Comparing this to the September 2019 Challenge, over 30 days, a total of 56 stories were submitted. I received 20 rejections and made 1 sale.

I submitted more, sold more, and got more rejections. Obviously I still have a lot of stories still out there.

What’s next? I’ve already made the decision to run the challenge again in May of 2020.

If you took part, I hope you achieved everything you wanted to. If that was to sub 31 stories, I hope that happened. If it didn’t, heck, it’s not a complete disaster. However many stories you got out, it’s better than none. Congratulations to those who made sales, or make sales when your replies finally come in. If you decide to join me in May, I’ll be happy to have you along for the ride again. If you take part for the first time, I’ll be just as happy to see you on my crazy train.

Remember the hashtag #SubmissionChallenge


Ray Daley @RayDaleyWriter

So this was January 2020

1 Feb

I’ve made 67 new submissions. 35 rejections. 2 acceptances. 0 withdrawn, 0 not received.


36 Hours In The Space Force was sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) was sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.

There are currently 52 stories out in submission:-

out in subs jan 2020


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) will be released in issue 5 of Trouble Among the Stars, Feb 3rd 2020.
Super Fake will be released in Future Syndicate II, Feb 8th 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, April 2020. (TBC)
Bastard Space will be released in Wordland 8 possibly around Easter. (TBC)
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) is due in the Transmundane Press On Time anthology May/June 2020. (TBC)

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


Jouth Volume 2 is officially postponed until further notice.
Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going.

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.

January 2020 Submission Challenge update

27 Oct


Next year in January I am going to be submitting at least 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 31 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?

UPDATE:- You may have noticed I removed Tell-Tale Press from both lists. Andrea has advised me she’ll be closing Dec 31st ’19 until May 31st ’20.

I’ve removed Anotherealm from both lists. While they are open all year round to subs, their only reading period is Oct-Nov & I have no wish to make people wait so long to hear back from a sub made in January, hence their removal.

I won’t be doing any further alterations to the list after Dec 15th ’19.


01 – F&SF
02 – Clarkesworld
03 – Daily Science Fiction
04 – Sirius Science Fiction
05 – 87 Bedford
06 – Strange Constellations
07 – AGNI
08 – Visions
09 – The Overcast
10 – Trouble Among The Stars (close Jan 12th ’20)
11 – Constellary Tales
12 – Electric Spec (before Jan 15th
13 – Strange Horizons (after 4pm BST) OR Every Day Fiction
14 – Strange Horizons (before 4pm BST) OR Every Day Fiction
15 – Strange Fictions
16 – NewMyths
17 – Chrome Baby
18 – Flash Fiction Online
19 – Metaphorosis Magazine
20 – Mithila Review
21 – Space & Time
22 – Asimovs
23 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies
24 – Interzone
25 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye
26 – Analog
27 – The Weird And Whatnot
28 – Liquid Imagination
29 – Not One Of Us
30 – Augur
31 – Timeworn Literary Journal

Be aware, once F&SF or Interzone send rejections, you can resub there right away. Clarkesworld have a 7 day cool-off period after rejections but those are all markets you can sub to more than once during the month.

SPARES:- Kyanite Press dystopian & post-apocalyptic SF theme (closes Jan 30th 2020)
Kanstellation Magazine The Dark Side of Science (close Jan 15th ’20)

This year I am also offering horror writers the chance to take part. I’ve sourced 24 different markets, as below. I’ve checked them all, they either take horror or speculative fiction covering the horror genre. The same rules as above apply here, you can sub to Black Static as soon as you get rejection, likewise F&SF.

Unless I’ve stated to get in quickly or put an early deadline, most of these markets can be passed over or moved down to the bottom of the list in favour of a market with a fast turnaround like Black Static or F&SF. I’ve spoken to Charlie Finlay, editor of F&SF and he’s fine taking horror stories.


01 – Dark Moon Digest (close after 300 subs, get in quickly!)
02 – Coppice and Brake (dark speculative fiction), deadline Jan 6th ’20.
03 – The Fiends In The Furrows II closes Jan 7th ’20
04 – Black Static
05 – Clarkesworld
06 – The Dark Magazine
07 – F&SF (will take horror!)
08 – No Sleep Podcast (short & regular fiction ONLY)
09 – HYPNOS MAGAZINE Radium Town Press Guidelines –
10 – Black Static
11 – F&SF (will take horror!)
12 – The Weird And Whatnot
13 – Metaphorosis –
14 – Electric Spec (before Jan 15th
15 – Bards & Sages Quarterly
16 – F&SF (will take horror!)
17 – Black Static
18 – The Overcast
19 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye Guidelines –
20 – Three Crows Magazine
21 – Stories We Tell After Midnight (horror), deadline June 1, 2020.
22 – F&SF (will take horror!)
23 – Mithila Review
24 – Every Day Fiction
25 – Liquid Imagination
26 – Not One Of Us
27 – F&SF (will take horror!)
28 – NewMyths
29 – 34 Orchard
30 – Hungur
31 – F&SF (will take horror!)

This link is a huge post of horror markets compiled in 2018. Some of them may no longer exist. If you use this, be sure to check the market is still open & is actually paying! Thanks to Erica Verrillo for making this list.

It’s your job to read the guidelines & work out what kind of story to send each market. I’ve given you the links. Make sure stories are proofed & audioproofed. If you don’t want to sub every day, you don’t have to. If there’s a market you don’t want to sub to, then don’t. I’m not forcing you to do anything here, it’s just an opportunity to get your work in front of people who might buy it.

This is the 2nd time I’ll be running the challenge, I can already report we generated sales in the previous one. People don’t submit for many reasons. I’ve removed a lot of those reasons by giving you paying markets checked as open during the challenge.

The rest is up to you, take the chance.

Summing Up The Submission Challenge

1 Oct

I’m writing this at 1pm on Monday September 30th, the final day of the challenge. I’ve already sent out all the subs I’m going to, it’s just a matter of waiting until midnight to see what other news regarding acceptances and rejections comes in over the rest of today. This post will ONLY contain news pertinant to the challenge. All other submission news will be posted in “So This Was September 2019”.

So how did you do, Ray? Pretty well, thanks for asking. 1 sale, to New Orbit Magazine. More than I expected, if I am being honest.

Did you manage to get 1 submission out every day? At least 1, yes. Several days it was more than 1.

What went where & what happened to it?

Sept 01 – Fair King, Fell Low to F&SF. A Monster Under Every Bed to The Dark (same day rejection). A Monster Under Every Bed to Black Static.

Sept 02 – Stray Kids Come Back to Clarkesworld. The Ghost Of A Chance to Commonwealth Short Story Prize. No from F&SF on Fair King, Fell Low. The Sleeping Season to F&SF.

Sept 03 – Black City to Speculative City. No from Clarkesworld on Stray Kids Come Back. No from Black Static on A Monster Under Every Bed.

Sept 04 – I’ve Fallen In Love With A Hologram, Again to Daily Science Fiction.

Sept 05 – Other People’s Gods to Trouble Among the Stars. No from F&SF on The Sleeping Season. The War Machines to F&SF.

Sept 06 – Top Field Tanks to Asimov’s (same day rejection). Timeshare to Alban Lake.

Sept 07 – The End Of The Centre to The New Southern Fugitives. No from F&SF on The War Machines. Body Banks to Analog. The Safety Of Checkpoints to ZNB APOCALYPTIC. Bitter Fruit to ZNB GALACTIC STEW. Befriend a Robot to ZNB MY BATTERY IS LOW AND IT IS GETTING DARK.

Sept 08 – Lost Souls to Flash Fiction Online.

Sept 09 – Insert #4 to Every Day Fiction.

Sept 10 – Uniform to Interzone. A Wizarding World to F&SF.

Sept 11 – One Step Closer to Beneath Ceaseless Skies. No from F&SF on A Wizarding World.

Sept 12 – A Trip To The Mall to Three-Lobed Burning Eye. Fair King, Fell Low to Clarkesworld. Body Banks to F&SF. Bizarre Life Triangle to Bronzeville; Twisted Love.

Sept 13 – Playing The System to Liquid Imagination. No from Interzone on Uniform. Uniform to New Orbit Magazine. No from Clarkesworld on Fair King, Fell Low. No from F&SF on Body Banks.

Sept 14 – The Witch In The Fog to Electric Spec.

Sept 15 – Into The Labyrinth to Not One of Us.

Sept 16 – I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs & Polystyrene Rocks to Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem. No from Beneath Ceaseless Skies on One Step Closer. Uniform sold to New Orbit Magazine! Playing For Time to Strange Horizons. Shake-down to F&SF.

Sept 17 – Previous Iterations to The Future Fire. No from F&SF on Shake-down.

Sept 18 – End Of The Line to Chrome Baby.

Sept 19 – Clever Clogs to Anotherealm.

Sept 20 – Absolute Power to Syntax and Salt.

Sept 21 – The Safety Of Checkpoints to Strange Fictions ‘Zine. Running With Scissors to Ink Stains.

Sept 22 – Body Banks to Clarkesworld. Seeking Asylum to The Arcanist.

Sept 23 – Top Field Tanks to Translunar Travelers Lounge. My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) to Sirius Science Fiction. Seance Club to Coppice and Brake. No from Clarkesworld on Body Banks. No from Speculative City on Black City. No from Flash Fiction Online on Lost Souls.

Sept 24 – The Adventures Of The Amazing Jill, And Otter Bob to The Weird and Whatnot. It Takes A Dragon… to Flash Fiction Magazine. Report To Control to Flash Fiction Online.

Sept 25 – Fair King, Fell Low to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Method One to Tell-Tale Press.

Sept 26 – Do Bears… to Augur.

Sept 27 – Transitional Period to F&SF.

Sept 28 – Somewhere, It’s Still Paris to Mithila Review. No from Not One of Us on Into The Labyrinth.

Sept 29 – Please Turn Over to Constellary Tales. No from F&SF on Transitional Period.

Sept 30 – Into The Labyrinth to F&SF. No from Daily Science Fiction on I’ve Fallen In Love With A Hologram, Again. Transitional Period to Clarkesworld Magazine. The Sex Lives Of Robots to Space and Time.

Over 30 days, a total of 56 stories were submitted. I received 20 rejections and made 1 sale.

So what happens now? I wait to find out what happens to the remaining stories still in submission. I got more stories out at once than I’ve ever had before (54, previous best was 44). I’m hopeful there will be a few more sales as all the markets I’ve sent out to were paying.

I’ve learnt a lot. I didn’t think I actually could send out 1 story every day for a month, so I’ve proved I’m more resilient & determined than I thought I was. That’s quite a nice kick in the teeth to my Imposter Syndrome. I’ve tried new markets, I’ve stuck to a schedule. Even when a few markets turned out to be closed, I was able to always get a sub out.

How do you think you managed to do this? Lots of preparation. All my stories were proofed & pretty much ready to be submitted apart from whatever formatting the market wanted & a cover letter. I also had spare stories for repeat markets which tipped me over the 30 stories mark fairly easily. I’m fairly sure 62 stories in a 31 day month is totally do-able.

What’s next? I’ve already made the decision to run the challenge again in Janary of 2020, and have already selected the 31 SF markets. I’m also going to try and find 31 horror markets too. I’ve started advertising the next event, hopefully a few sites will plug it for me. Once today is over, I’m going to have a few days off from submitting. Obviously, I’ll be watching out for responses from markets and will do a full write-up once all my replies from the challenge have come back. That won’t be until at least February of 2020 as Zombies Need Brains won’t be reading subs until then.

If you took part, I hope you achieved everything you wanted to. If that was to sub 30 stories, I hope that happened. If it didn’t, heck, it’s not a complete distaster. However many stories you got out, it’s better than none. Congratulations to those who made sales, or make sales when your replies finally come in. If you decide to join me in January, I’ll be happy to have you along for the ride again. If you take part for the first time, I’ll be just as happy to see you on my crazy train.

Remember the hashtag #SubmissionChallenge


Ray Daley @RayDaleyWriter