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NaNoWriMo 2021 Transparency Post

19 Oct

I am doing NaNoWriMo, HOWEVER, I am NOT WRITING A NOVEL, NOR AM I WRITING 50,000 WORDS.
I’m rebelling (again), doing at least 15 short stories & aiming for between 20,000-25,000 words done.

I won’t be writing every day, it doesn’t really matter if I don’t make either the amount of stories or word count as I’ve already written more than 1 story a week for this year before it’s even over. Or this event has started.

The general idea is to get a bit of my Works In Progress/Abandoned Ideas pile down slightly as it’s starting to develop a life of its own.

Things which might happen:-I might only write 6 or so stories just to get me to an even number for the year. I might write nothing at all. I’ve selected 18 ideas, possibly leaving 2 slots open for stuff I come up with in the meantime & would like to write at least a dozen of them.

I’ve selected stuff which is all viable, some are already started (on paper) so would need typing up.

I’m not expecting to write 1667 words per story. It may be more, or less, it depends how the ideas feel as I write them. I have no clue if I’ll hit either target or what I’m doing if either of those things happen. The basic concept is to finish some stories & try to enjoy doing it. There’s no fail scenario, I have zero fucks to give at this point.

Have fun, go mad.

September 2021 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Oct

September 1st – Todays markets were Fantasy Magazine who were open for short & long form (as well as poetry) or On The Premises who had a Monster Theme. I sent Fantasy The Man Who Borrowed My Clock & A Selection Of Fools Grails. Surviving A Lock-in At The Bloodied Pheasant went to On The Premises. 3 solid stories, a strong start to the event.

I also subbed The Recently Declassified History Of South Bend Flight School to Uncanny. They were open, but the info there was very confusing. I looked a few times & was going to list them, so that sub was very much last minute.

I did get 1 rejection today but as it wasn’t challenge related, I’m not going to list it here.

That’s a total of 4 submissions made.
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September 2nd – Todays markets were Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores (sent them Departure Date) or The Periodical, Forlorn who had a theme of Moonlighting, and I sent them I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs & Polystyrene Rocks.

I also applied for SFWA Associate membership under the hardship scheme. Got a couple of non-challenge related rejections. Sent out my novel to 2 places.

That’s a total of 6 submissions made.
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September 3rd – Todays markets were Flash Fiction Online or Micro Madness. The Hard Hundred went to FFO as that was a 100 themed call, Today Will Never End to Micro Madness.

Made a late stage sub and sent Muse to Felis Futura anthology.

Was accepted as an Associate Member at SFWA. Also sold a story. 17th sale this yr.

That’s a total of 9 submissions made.
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September 4th – Todays markets were Hexagon Magazine or Dark Moon Books. Sent Mission 334; Mannequin World to Hexagon, A Pale Imitation went to Horror Library Anthology (Dark Moon).

That’s a total of 11 submissions made.
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September 5th – Todays markets were Underland Arcana who got Pick A Witch or Clarkesworld, I sent them To Have, And To Hold – a very tongue in cheek fantasy piece.

Also signed & returned my contract with Jolly Horror for Executive Dread.

That’s a total of 13 submissions made.
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September 6th – Todays markets were Metaphorosis, I sent them Fairytales, And Lies or PseudoPod, I sent Death In Tunnel Three there. That wasn’t the story I had originally intended to send them, but it didn’t feel enough like horror so I swapped it for a later market. Also got a rejection from Clarkesworld.

That’s a total of 15 submissions made. 1 rejection.
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September 7th – Todays markets were Analog, I sent them The War Machines or ParSec, Simon Says went there. Got a no from Metaphorosis on Fairytales, And Lies. Stupefying were supposed to be open today, sadly they are closed due to family illness.

That’s a total of 17 submissions made. 2 rejections.
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September 8th – Todays markets were Titanic Terastructures, I sent a query there because that’s all they wanted. I also sent the same publisher another query for Grandpa’s Space Diner, so no actual submissions made there. My other market was Flash Point Science Fiction, I sent them Hush, Hush, The Princess Is Sleeping. I got a rejection from Hexagon, but they suggested a new imprint they are doing. I won’t be subbing there as the challenge is paying markets only & that wasn’t. I had thought Barrelhouse were open today but apparently I’m useless and managed to misread the date which is Sept 15th.

That’s a total of 18 submissions made. 3 rejections.
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September 9th – Todays markets were Silver Blade, who I couldn’t sub to as I was published there in July & their rules say no subs within 12 months of a publication with them. The other market today was Compelling, who aren’t listed as open on Submission Grinder so I can’t log a sub there either. My queries to Jayhenge were accepted so I sent Dragon’s Tower to Titanic Terastructures and Call Back, Any Time! to Grandpa’s Space Diner. Also got a non-challenge related rejection.

That’s a total of 20 submissions made. 3 rejections.
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September 10th – Todays markets were Escape Pod, who I didn’t realise were only open this month to stuff themed around Joy. As my writing is normally fairly dark & I generally don’t experince or write about joy, I was stuffed and couldn’t sub there – or so I thought. After a bit of digging I found Empty Chest & sent that to Escape Pod. The alternate market was Dream Of Shadows, I sent them My Trip Across The Border. I also managed to fuck up & sub to a market a day early, sending Mission 334; Mannequin World to Silence in the City tday, instead of tomorrow.

That’s a total of 23 submissions made. 3 rejections.
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September 11th – Todays markets were Shoreline Of Infinity, I sent them Play The Hand Life Deals You. The alternate market was Silence in the City, I subbed there yesterday by mistake.

That’s a total of 24 submissions made. 3 rejections.
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September 12th – Todays markets were F&SF I sent them Sixteen Tons. The alternate market was Dose Of Dread, sent them The Painted Beast At My Mother’s House.

That’s a total of 26 submissions made. 3 rejections.
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September 13th – Todays markets were The Future Fire, I sent them Scenario Twelve. The alternate market was Fireside Fiction, I sent them Lemmy Goes To Mars. I also sent Observation Log; Day Shift to Clarkesworld, Cardboard Cliffs to James Gunn’s & Hyperboy; Trinity to the Gravity Award.

Rejections from Cosmic Roots on Departure Date, Dream of Shadows on My Trip Across The Border, Underland Arcana on Pick A Witch. The Periodical, Forlorn cancelled their call so Cardboard Cliffs was withdrawn, this was NOT a rejection.

That’s a total of 31 submissions made. 6 rejections.
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September 14th – Todays markets were The Arcanist or From the Farther Trees. Both had closed early, so I had to scramble to get links for today. I bumped up Interzone, sent them Fluid State. Also took Underland Arcana up on their offer to sub again & sent them Playing For Time. A few hours later From The Farther Trees seems to be open again, I sent them Something Good To Eat for their Halloween theme.

Got 2 rejections but neither were challenge related.

That’s a total of 34 submissions made. 6 rejections.
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September 15th – Todays markets were Lamplight (couldn’t sub here, it’s currently for people who haven’t made a pro sale yet), Nature:Futures (who I’ve given up trying with, I’ve sent them all my best work which got rejected) or Factor Four, who I’m bumping into tomorrow. Instead I subbed to Barrelhouse (sent them A Pale Imitation) & Nightmare, who I sent The Ghost Of A Chance. I also sent Guarding The Ultimate Weapon to Dreams & Nightmares.

Got 1 non-challenge rejection and another from Interzone on Fluid State. A couple of later day rejections from ParSec on Simon Says & from Uncanny on South Bend Flight School. And an ever later day rejection from Clarkesworld on Observation Log; Day Shift.

That’s a total of 37 submissions made. 10 rejections.
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September 16th – Todays markets were Translunar Travelers Lounge who are currently only open to writers of colour until Sept 21st OR Nightmare Magazine, who I’d used a day early. I used Factor Four (sent them Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop) & Neo-opsis (sent them Junkie).

That’s a total of 39 submissions made. 10 rejections.
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September 17th – Todays markets were Interzone (subbed them Distant Drums) or the Perpetual Motion Machine newsletter, who I sent Father, Are You Sleeping? I also subbed Where They Fear To Tread to Jersey Pines Ink.

1 non-challenge related submission received today also.

That’s a total of 42 submissions made. 10 rejections. I also reached & passed 365 subs to paying markets today, more than 1 a day for a year.
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September 18th – Todays markets were Not One Of Us (Sent them Pick A Witch) or Frozen Wavelets, I sent Remembering Little Betty there.

Received 1 non-challenge rejection, also rejections from Factor Four on Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop & Horror Library Volume 7 On A Pale Imitation. No from Micro Madness on Today Will Never End. Also got a late rejection from F&SF on Sixteen Tons.

That’s a total of 44 submissions made. 14 rejections.
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September 19th – Todays markets were Bards & Sages Quarterly (sent them Total Immersion) or The Society of Misfit Stories, who, after a bit of searching I sent The Ripples Of Time. Also got a rejection from Dreams & Nightmares on Guarding The Ultimate Weapon.

That’s a total of 46 submissions made. 15 rejections.
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September 20th – Todays markets were Electric Spec (sent them One Night Stand) or Dark Moments, I sent them Season Of The Witch, I’d written that to order for them but it’ll fit any spooky/halloween drabble call if they don’t buy it. I also subbed to Starry Eyed Press, sent them Hot Dust.

Also finally got permission announce 2 outstanding sales.

That’s a total of 49 submissions made. 15 rejections.
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September 21st – Todays markets were Strange Horizons who had closed to catch up on their subs backlog or Freeze Frame Fiction. I sent Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour there.

That’s a total of 50 submissions made. 15 rejections.
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September 22nd – Todays markets were Brink (who were closed, they’d changed their dates since my last vistit) or Monstroddities. After a massive shake up I eventually sent them A Pale Imitation. I also subbed to CRAFT Literary, sending them Two Little Birds. Received a later day rejection from Interzone on Distant Drums. I don’t mind those, Andy is always quick and curteous, and he doesn’t mind me sending him several stories during a month. I’ll work out what he likes, one day, maybe.

That’s a total of 52 submissions made. 16 rejections.
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September 23rd – Todays markets were The Overcast (sent them The Bounty) or Three-Lobed Burning Eye, who I sent Madam Midnight Fucks Shit Up. A rejection from Neo-opsis on Junkie.

That’s a total of 54 submissions made. 17 rejections.
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September 24th – Todays markets were No Sleep Podcast (I already had work there so chose not to send another, though I may still change my mind before the end of the month about that) or Samjoko Magazine who I sent The Boys From Boot. Fusion Fragment had reopened for 2 days only so I sent them Sixteen Tons. Translunar Travellers Lounge were also open for general subs so I sent them Bodge Job.

That’s a total of 57 submissions made. 17 rejections.
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September 25th – Todays markets were The Common Tongue – I chose not to send them anything, nor will I be using them again as a market for myself in the future as they insist all stories are set within their own universe. I sent On Reflection to Mirror, Mirror, while it wasn’t written specifically for them, I think it fits their theme well.

Got a rejection from Samjoko on The Boys From Boot, and a later day rejection from The Future Fire on Scenario Twelve, also an evening rejection from Flash Fiction Online on The Hard Hundred.

That’s a total of 58 submissions made. 20 rejections.
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September 26th – Todays markets were The Colored Lens or Dark Recesses. I chose to bump both markets down as I was struggling for 2nd markets later in the month. I subbed A Wizarding World to Tiny Tales Podcast & It’s Not Over Until the Echo Sings to Weird Horror Magazine.

Got a rejection from Monstroddities on A Pale Imitation.

That’s a total of 60 submissions made. 21 rejections.
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September 27th – Todays markets were The Fuckening (sent them They Who Dare) or The Quiet Ones, who I didn’t have anything matching their “True Love Never Dies” theme which wasn’t already out to at least a couple of markets. In it’s place I sent Diversion To Fahla Bha’la to Dark Recesses. Received a rejection just before midnight from Freeze Frame Fiction on Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour.

That’s a total of 62 submissions made. 22 rejections.
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September 28th – Todays markets were Daily Science Fiction, I sent them Viskar Says Koklyev, or Etherea Magazine – I sent them Observation Log; Day Shift. I also subbed Praise The Lord to On Spec.

That’s a total of 65 submissions made. 22 rejections.
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September 29th – Todays markets were Swords & Sorceries Volume 3 – after a bit of looking I subbed Dragon Bait there or The Dread Machine who I hadn’t been able to confirm as open when I compiled the list. They were open but I chose to bump them to tomorrow if I need an extra market. Instead I chose to sub March Madness At The Murchison Mansion to Minds Eye and Scenario Twelve to Haven Speculative.

Rejections from Dose of Dread on The Painted Beast At My Mother’s House & from Fusion Fragment on Sixteen Tons. Also a couple of late day rejections from Electric Spec on One Night Stand & Three-Lobed Burning Eye on Madam Midnight Fucks Shit Up.

That’s a total of 68 submissions made. 26 rejections.
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September 30th – Todays markets were Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, I sent them Dragon Bait or Clarkesworld, I sent them Border Guards. I also decided to sub to The Dread Machine (sent them Volunteer To Be A Martyr) & The Colored Lens, I sent Observation Log; Day Shift to them.

That’s a total of 74 submissions made. 26 rejections.
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A new record high in terms of subs during the event. It’s now just a matter of waiting as answers come back from markets. I’ll either update this post as I get stuff back, or add info to next months round-up blog, which is sounds like a plan.

So This Was September 2021

1 Oct

I’ve made 397 new submissions. 321 rejections. 16 acceptances.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

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.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently sold to Sanitarium Magazine, Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle sold to Stupefying Stories. Jul 12th 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low sold to Silver Blade, Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
Party Of Five sold to The Lorelei Signal, Jul 26th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021.
The Office Girl sold to Executive Dread, Aug 22nd 2021.
Photo Sympathy sold to US/THEM, Sep 3rd 2021.

CAVEAT:-Be aware, I am now adding stubs for titles which have sold, but I’ve not yet received official permission to announce as sold yet. These are just an aide memoire for me, and my increasingly terrible short-term memory.

There are currently 84 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, June 30th, 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low was released at Silver Blade Magazine, Issue 50 – Summer 2021, July 15th, 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, July 4th, 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, July 30th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently was released at Sanitarium Issue #4, August 13th, 2021.

LESSONS LEARNED:-

(This is a new segment, I’ll be adding tips for myself for future blogs.)
Add sales as stubs as soon as those are received. Temp entries until officially announced then replace with official info.
Add releases as soon as info is received to Shape Of Things To Come. This means I don’t forget over the month.
Add stubs to Shape Of Things To Come for unannounced sales.
Create entries for the Submission Challenge each day, as they come in or go out.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Party Of Five will be released at The Lorelei Signal, 2nd or 3rd October 2021. (DTBC)
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, 30th October 2021.
Photo Sympathy will be released in US/THEM. Oct/Nov 2021.(DTBC)
A Life Of Mystery (now renamed All Clued Out) will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
The Office Girl will be released in Executive Dread. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 15th-19th December 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
1 SALE, PUBLISHING (DTBC).

There’s some other stuff coming, I can’t officially talk about it yet. Just know it IS coming.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 4 new stories this month, a total of 6237 words. Nothing else to say right now, other than I’m glad the challenge is over. It felt like it dragged a bit towards the end of the month. I’m going have a break, probably not going to write for a few weeks. I’m not going to work on the January market list either. I need some dedicated me time which doesn’t involve writing or bring creative. I do have markets listed, I have no idea if I’ll sub to them or not.

This time last year I was at the end of the 1st month of the 365 day challenge. I’ve more than achieved 365 subs to paying markets in a year.

So This Was August 2021

1 Sep

I’ve made 325 new submissions. 287 rejections. 14 acceptances.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

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.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently sold to Sanitarium Magazine, Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle sold to Stupefying Stories. Jul 12th 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low sold to Silver Blade, Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021. (Not the same sale)
The Office Girl sold to Executive Dread, Aug 22nd 2021.

CAVEAT:-Be aware, I am now adding stubs for titles which have sold, but I’ve not yet received official permission to announce as sold yet. These are just an aide memoire for me, and my increasingly terrible short-term memory.

There are currently 49 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, June 30th, 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low was released at Silver Blade Magazine, Issue 50 – Summer 2021, July 15th, 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, July 4th, 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, July 30th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently was released at Sanitarium Issue #4, August 13th, 2021.

LESSONS LEARNED:-

(This is a new segment, I’ll be adding tips for myself for future blogs.)
Add sales as stubs as soon as those are received. Temp entries until officially announced then replace with official info.
Add releases as soon as info is received to Shape Of Things To Come. This means I don’t forget over the month.
Add stubs to Shape Of Things To Come for unannounced sales.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 31st 2021.
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
A Life Of Mystery (now renamed All Clued Out) will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
The Office Girl will be released in Executive Dread. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
1st SALE TBA/PUBLISHING DTBC.
2nd SALE TBA/PUBLISHING DTBC. (different sale)

There’s some other stuff coming, I can’t officially talk about it yet. Just know it IS coming.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 7 new stories this month, a total of 10,073 words. Writing has been fairly enjoyable over the last month, despite a brief period of existential dread when it seemed like I wasn’t going to sell anything. I’ve had to keep reminding myself that I can only sub my best work, it’s up to the markets if they decide to buy it.

I’m writing this just after midnight, early September 1st 2021 and there’s been no sign that Automobilia was released. Obviously I am in a way different timezone, so it’s possible that may happen while I am sleeping. Hopefully it will finally get moved into the published section of the round-up.

September is the Submission Challenge, I’m looking forward to getting lots of stories out to paying markets and hope to make at least a few sales.

So this was July 2021

1 Aug

I’ve made 309 new submissions. 258 rejections. 12 acceptances.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

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.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently has been sold to Sanitarium Magazine. Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle has been sold to Stupefying Stories. Jul 12th 2021.
1 SALE TO BE ANNOUNCED, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
1 SALE TO BE ANNOUNCED, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021.
1 SALE TO BE ANNOUNCED, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021. (Not the same sale)

CAVEAT:-Be aware, I am now adding stubs for titles which have sold, but I’ve not yet received official permission to announce as sold yet. These are just an aide memoire for me, and my increasingly terrible short-term memory.

There are currently 61 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, June 30th, 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, July 4th, 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, July 30th 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently will be released in Sanitarium Magazine, Aug 2021. (DTBC)
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
A Life Of Mystery will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
There’s some other stuff coming, I can’t officially talk about it yet. Just know it IS coming.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 6 new stories this month, a total of 7776 words. Managed a couple of longer stories this month – I also hit my target of 52 written in a year. I’m not sure what’ll happen to the weekly writing schedule now, I guess I’ll find out this weekend. I was also permabanned from Codex so I won’t be getting any further writing opportunities from there. It was nice while it lasted.

Sadly, William F. Nolan died this month. His death may impact on the scheduled release of the Automobilia anthology. I haven’t heard anything through official channels, despite my attempts to contact the publishers.

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

September Submission Challenge Market list

12 Jul

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?:- Submit a story every day to a paying market for a month. Or as many stories as you can.
WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE PART?:-30 finished stories, or as many as the number of days you intend to sub for. Ensure they are A) Finished. B) Spellchecked, proofed, edited, grammar passed & ready to sub.
WHERE ARE THESE MARKETS FROM?:-Chosen & vetted by me, I pick the places I’d like to get my work into, plus they have to be open during Septmber & pay money for stories.
DO I HAVE TO SUB TO THESE MARKETS?:-Of course not, I’ve selected these to make life easier. If you want to sub elsewhere, or to a different palce than I chose for that day, feel free. I’m not your parents.
CAN ANYONE TAKE PART?:-Providing you can follow these simple rules, yes.
RULES:-Before we start, publicly declare you’re in, and how many days you intend to sub for. Do it on social media, make sure to tag me in it @RayDaleyWriter
Then simply post each day where you’ve sent a story to.
Many participants keep a daily log so they can put up a blog post at the end of the month how they fared. So tracking rejections & acceptances is a damn good idea too.
IS THIS THE 1ST TIME YOU’VE DONE IT?:-No. September will be our 2nd birthday!
WHAT KIND OF SUCCESS CAN YOU GUARENTEE?:- None at all. However, I personally made a pro sale off the challenge last year, and almost everyone who has previously taken part has at least 1 sale to their name.

CAVEAT:- All markets are confirmed as open & paying unless otherwise marked.

01 Fantasy Magazine (short & long form) https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines OR On The Premises (Monster Theme) https://onthepremises.com/current-contest/

02 Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/ OR The Periodical, Forlorn https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines (Theme: Moonlighting)

03 Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/ OR Micro Madness (Cosmic Horror Monthly) https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/micro-madness/ (any day 1st to 7th)

04 Hexagon Magazine https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/ or Dark Moon Books http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html

05 Underland Arcana https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/ OR Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/

06 Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/ OR PseudoPod https://pseudopod.org/submissions/

07 Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ OR ParSec https://www.pspublishing.co.uk/parsec-79-c.asp

08 Titanic Terastructures https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-titanic-terastructures/ OR Flash Point Science Fiction https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/

09 Silver Blade https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-2/ OR Compelling http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

10 Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/ OR Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines

11 Shoreline Of Infinity https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/ OR Silence in the City https://www.foundershousepublishing.com/2021/07/silence-in-city-open-call-for.html

12 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm OR Dose Of Dread https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/

13 The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html OR Fireside Fiction https://firesidefiction.com/submissions (Sept 13th-19th)

14 The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/a-call-for-submissions-244f646d25a4 OR From the Farther Trees – https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/submissions/ (Halloween theme)

15 Lamplight https://lamplightmagazine.com/submissions/ OR Nature:Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/ OR Factor Four https://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/

16 Translunar Travelers Lounge https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/ OR Nightmare Magazine https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/nightmare/guidelines (Open for Flash & Short Fiction)

17 Interzone/Black Static (horror) http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/ OR Perpetual Motion Machine https://pmmpublishing.submittable.com/submit/34164/perpetual-flash-fiction

18 Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/ OR Frozen Wavelets https://earthianhivemind.net/frozen-wavelets/

19 Bards & Sages Quarterly OR Society of Misfit Stories (same URL) https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines/

20 Electric Spec http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html OR Dark Moments https://www.blackharepress.com/submissions/ (close Sept 30th)

21 Strange Horizons (before 4pm) http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/ OR Freeze Frame Fiction https://freezeframefiction.com/write/submission-guidelines-faq/

22 Brink https://www.brinkliterary.com/submit OR Monstroddities https://sliceduppress.com/submissions/

23 The Overcast https://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines OR Three Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html

24 No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions OR Samjoko Magazine https://www.samjokomagazine.com/submission-guidelines

25 The Common Tongue https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions/ OR Mirror, Mirror https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/2/3/submit

26 The Colored Lens http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/ OR Dark Recesses http://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/

27 The Fuckening http://scifilampoon.com/the-fuckening/ OR The Quiet Ones https://wearethequietones.com/submission-calls/

28 Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit OR Etherea Magazine https://ethereamagazine.com/submissions/

29 Swords & Sorceries Volume 3:- https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/2021/07/submissions-open-for-swords-sorceries.html OR The Dread Machine https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/ (CANT CONFIRM)

30 Heroic Fantasy Quarterly https://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?page_id=39 OR Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/

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SPARE:- Negative Space 2: A Return to Survival Horror https://www.darkpeninsulapress.com/negative-space-2-opening-soon.html
Trees Anthology:- https://www.jerseypinesink.com/
On Spec https://onspecmag.wpcomstaging.com/submissions/ (open all September)
Weird Horror https://undertowpublications.com/weird-horror-magazine (open all September)
Screaming in the Night https://www.sinistersmilepress.com/sitn-submission-guidelines (Closes Sept 8th ’21)
Unstamatic https://www.unstamatic.info/submissions
Heirlock https://heirlockmag.com/submit/ (theme:-Home)


So this was June 2021

1 Jul

I’ve made 262 new submissions. 218 rejections. 9 acceptances.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

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.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.

There are currently 61 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6. June 30th, 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently will be released in Sanitarium Magazine, Aug 2021. (DTBC)
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
A Life Of Mystery will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It will be released at The Angry Noodle, 2021. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
There’s some other stuff coming, I can’t officially talk about it yet. Just know it IS coming.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 7 new stories this month, a total of 3639 words. Nothing crazy long written this month, but I’ve been sticking to the weekly schedule which seems to be working fine.
Some projects are taking longer than expected, hang in there friends, releases will come eventually!

Why Rolling Daily Subs Are Ending

20 Jun

To tell you this, it’s necessary to start with why I was doing daily subs in the first place. Last year was a dark time for a lot of people. I personally had my best year, most acceptances, most publications.

A damn fine year as a writer.

However, I still felt there was room to grow, and challenge myself. I asked my Twitter followers:- “How hard would it be to sub a story, every day for a year?” This turned into the Submission Challenge, the event where I sub at least 1 story every day for a month to a paying market. Yet that original challenge still nagged at me, from the back of my mind.

Could I sub a story every day for a year?

So on September 1st 2020, I started out on what I hoped would be the most challenging 365 days of my life as a writer so far. To submit at least 1 story every day for an entire year to a paying market. I had no clue how possible it was, if there’d even BE markets open on days like Christmas or New Years Eve & New Years Day.

I just started.

And it worked. At first. Until January 4th 2021. When my laptop decided it absolutely had to run the Windows 10 end of life update. I left the thing running for hours but it bricked my operating system, could not boot again and I no longer had the ability to upload stories and the 365 day challenge was effectively over and failed.

125 days, if anyone wanted to know. 4.1064 months or 17.8571 weeks. Thanks, Google.

Anyway, it took me 4 days to get a new PC due to lockdown, but I got back online January 8th 2021 and I’ve been submitting every day since. As of today (20th June 2021) that’s 163 days. Just short of half a year (182.5 days).

This Saturday (26th June 2021) is the 1st day I don’t have a market listed on my wallplanner, so that feels like as good a day as any to end the rolling daily subs. It’s been difficult to maintain, not impossible but incredibly tough both physically & mentally to stay on top of, with the constant hunt to find places to sub to every day.

In total, I’ll have subbed for 265 days, only 100 short of the full year.

I’ll tell you this:- It’s more than possible to sub a story to a paying market every day for a year. This guy will not be achieving that though. I need a short break before the next September Submission Challenge, which will also be the event’s 2nd birthday!

I think 265 days of subs with only 4 days break due to computer issues is more than enough for any one.

I won’t be trying this again. I’ve more than proved my point. If the laptop hadn’t bricked, I could have done it.

Tallying Wins And Losses

17 Jun

Today I posted my lifetime stats from Submission Grinder, purely what I had logged.
I decided here to peel back the layers & check other social media outlets to see if those numbers were the entire story, or not.


2012
The image shows nothing from that time.

My bibliography records the following publications, no-one paid me anything that year:-Tesla’s Grave. Amazon. May 1st, 2012.
No World For Vampires A Splendid Salmagundi. October 18th, 2012.
Lightning Strikes Twice; A Flash Fiction Collection. Amazon. December 7th, 2012.


2013
Again, nothing from that time. My bibliography shows the following publications, again, no-one paid me that year.

Return From Red Zone. 365tomorrows. January 12th, 2013.
The Man Who Was Twelve Bears. Linguistic Erosion. January 16th, 2013.
Ground Zero. Linguistic Erosion. January 19th, 2013. The Last Mighty One.
Linguistic Erosion. January 24th, 2013.
The Keepers, Kept. Linguistic Erosion. April 7th, 2013.
The Armstrong Moment. Linguistic Erosion. May 15th, 2013.
Salary Man. 365tomorrows. May 28, 2013.
Come In Number 13, Your Time Is Up! Linguistic Erosion. August 20th, 2013.


2014
Again, nothing listed. I recorded the following publications on my bibliography, no stories were paid for.

Back From The War. Farther Stars Than These. March 20th, 2014.
First Impressions. The Sirens Call, ezine 14. April, 2014.
Pigeon Punching In North Africa. Stranger Views. December 3rd, 2014.


2015
The 1st year of listings, 3 submissions & 3 rejections.

As far as publications went, 1 self-pub & 2 others. I think I sold 1 or 2 copies of the Bradbury book so I got SOME money:-A Year Of Living Bradbury; 52 Stories Inspired By Ray Bradbury. Amazon. January 2nd, 2015.
The Waiting Room. Steps In Time. March, 2015.
Wipeout. Ealaín Issue 11. September, 2015.


2016
According to Submission Grinder:-7 subs & 0 acceptances. I had to revise that statement. I subbed & sold Seeing Double, to Deserts Of Fire.
The bibiliography doesn’t agree:- Seeing Double. Deserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Modern War. December 7th, 2016.
My blog says this:-Submitted over 25 stories. Sold nothing.
Received 2 free contributor copies of an anthology I’m in.
Wrote 87 new short stories.

2016 Ray did NOT keep records. It’s a good job Facebook exists.


2017
According to Submission Grinder:-93 subs, 7 acceptances.
The blog had this to say:-I had 9 stories picked up this year. Of those 6 were for money.

Publications that year were as follows:-The Catch. The Weretraveler. September 3rd, 2017.
The Dirtheads of Duke Street. CEA Greatest Anthology Written. October 10th, 2017.
The Dionesian Wave. When You’re Strange: An Anthology of Strangers. November 5th, 2017.
Call Girl. Neural Nets, Uplinks, and Wet ware; The Complete Set (The Astounding Outpost Presents Book 2) November 30th, 2017.
The Early Years. Timeless Tales Issue 9. December 12th, 2017.


2018
232 Subs, 7 acceptances according to Submission Grinder.
Wrong again, according to the blog. That said 9 acceptances, 8 were sales. The blog listed 240 stories subbed.

The year of my 1st pro sale, although I didn’t know it at the time!

Publications that year were as follows:-An Improper State of Mind. Mind Candy. February 5th, 2018.
The Doomsday Machine Retires. Monstrosities. March 3rd, 2018. [1st pro sale]
Muse. Cat Tails: War Zone. March 16th, 2018.
Not According to Design. Mythic, #7. July, 2018.
Uncle Ping’s Evening Farewell. Insignia, Vol 5. July 19, 2018.
The Girl on Platform Two. Jouth, Vol. 1. November 1st, 2018.


2019
232 Subs, 13 acceptances according to Submission Grinder.
The blog said:- 242 new submissions. 13 acceptances

Publications that year were as follows:-The Razors Edge. The Weird and Whatnot #1. February 28th, 2019.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused). CafeLit. March 8, 2019.
The Subaudibles. Aurora Wolf. April 1st, 2019.
How Have the Mighty Fallen?. Insignia, Vol 7. June 6th, 2019.
The Parting. Electric Athenaeum Issue 02. August 14th, 2019.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis. Flash In A Flash issue 7. (subscribers only) September 24th, 2019.
A Million Light Years From Home. Tall Tales & Short Stories Volume 1. Nov 19th, 2019.
Uniform. New Orbit Magazine Issue 07. Dec 3rd, 2019.


2020
353 Subs & 15 acceptances according to Submission Grinder.
The blog said:-323 new submissions. 15 acceptances. (Someone misread a number there, by the look of it?)

Publications that year were as follows:-A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. January 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. January 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. 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.
Two Tickets To The End Of The World (Unused). The Best of CaféLit 9.August 31st, 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.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis. Worth 1,000 Words: 101 Flash Fiction Stories by 101 Authors.December 5th, 2020.


2021
Obviously this year is still on-going so stats are subject to change.

Publications that year were as follows:-Lost Souls. Daily Science Fiction. January 27th, 2021. [Pro sale]
Grandmothers Shoes. Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue. March 30th, 2021.
Overground. COLP:Underground. May 23rd, 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams. Stupefying Stories. May 28th, 2021.
The Message. Stupefying Stories. June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! Stupefying Stories. June 7th, 2021.

May 2021 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Jun

Another event is now over, how did I do?

I’ll show what markets I’d selected for each day, where I subbed to and why, along with my stats.
No=rejections. Yes=Acceptances. Subbed=Submitted.


On the 1st of May I choose Kaleidotrope, Fantasy Mag [Flash & SHORT] or Cryptids:Emerging.
Subbed Do Bears… to Kaleidotrope & The Dive to Cryptids Emerging.
No=143, Yes=6, Subbed=176.


On the 2nd May I’d picked Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores or Flash Fiction Online.
Rejections from Flash Fiction Online on Notepad & Pencil, Wyldblood Magazine on Empty Chest & Kaleidotrope on Do Bears…
Subbed The Ripples Of Time to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.
No=146, Yes=6, Subbed=177.


On the 3rd of May the selected markets were Dread Stone Press (Dose Of Dread), or The Other Stories [Space theme] Rejection from Apex on Sixteen Tons.
Subbed The Boy In The Shopping Cart to Dose of Dread.
No=147, Yes=6, Subbed=178.


STAR WARS DAY! On the 4th of May I’d chosen Every Day Fiction or Chrome Baby.
Rejections from Uncharted Mag on Hyperboy: Trinity & Boneyard Soup Magazine on The Hauntings.
Subbed The Suicide Drive to Chrome Baby.
No=149, Yes=6, Subbed=179.


On the 5th of May I picked Distant Shore Publishing or Uncharted Mag.
Rejections from Cosmic Roots on The Ripples Of Time & The Deadlands on I Keep Dying In My Sleep.
Subbed Praise The Lord to Distant Shore.
No from No=151, Yes=6, Subbed=180.


On the 6th of May the markets were F&SF or Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
Rejections from the PodCastle Flash Fiction Contest on Right Place, Right Time & Lightspeed on To Have & To Hold. Subbed The Doppleganger Exchange to F&SF and I’ve Fallen In Love With A Hologram, Again to Space Cowboy Books.
No=153, Yes=6, Subbed=182.


The 7th of May markets were Andromeda Spaceways or Giganotosaurus.
Rejections from Space Cowboy Books on I’ve Fallen In Love With A Hologram, Again and Best of British Science Fiction Anthology Series on My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5).
Subbed Clone Thirty-Four to Clarkesworld.
No=154, Yes=6, Subbed=183.


The 8th of May I picked Clarkesworld.
As I hadn’t used the previous days’ spare market, I decided to use that.
Subbed The Bivouac to GigaNotoSaurus.
No=154, Yes=6, Subbed=184.


On the 9th of May the markets were Nature: Futures or The Lorelei Signal.
Rejection from Nature: Futures on Dial Stuck On Summer.
Subbed Party Of Five to The Lorelei Signal. I’d been waiting to hear from Nature for a while, I decided that was my last roll of the dice there.
No=155, Yes=6, Subbed=185.


The 10th of May I chose Planet Scumm or Mithila Review.
Rejections from Clarkesworld on Clone Thirty-Four & Nightmare on Diversion To Fahla Bha’la.
Subbed Fairytales, And Lies to Planet Scumm.
No=157, Yes=6, Subbed=186.


On the 11th of May I choose Allegory.
Subbed Where Have All The Dragons Gone? to Allegory & One Of A Kind to Martian Magazine.
Also got a same day rejection from Martian Magazine on One Of A Kind.
No=158, Yes=6, Subbed=188.


12th May, the market was Not One Of Us. Pretty sure they were shut & I only found out on the day.
Rejections from Daily Science Fiction on Dear Transnational Death Tank Company & Flash Point SF on Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour.
Subbed Sixteen Tons to Interzone & The Shaming to Best Indie Speculative Fiction.
No=160, Yes=6, Subbed=190.


For the 13th of May I chose Three-Lobed Burning Eye. – I’d pulled The Arcanist as they weren’t open.
Subbed Home Is Where The Heart Is to Three-Lobed Burning Eye & Crime Of The Century to Martian Magazine.
Rejections from F&SF on The Doppleganger Exchange & another same dayer from Martian Magazine on Crime Of The Century.
No=162, Yes=6, Subbed=192.


On the 14th of May I’d picked Fusion Fragment.
Rejections from Interzone on Sixteen Tons & Constellation on Starliner Down.
Subbed One Night Stand to Fusion Fragment & Two Little Birds to Mason Jar Press.
No=164, Yes=6, Subbed=194.


15th May’s markets were Outlook Springs, Strange Religion (TDOT SPEC) or Dark Dispatch.
Outlook springs closed early. I couldn’t sub to Strange Religion as I’d subbed there already at the start of their private subs, they were only taking 1 piece per person.
Subbed Dream Journal #4 to Dark Dispatch: The Dead Inside.
No=164, Yes=6, Subbed=195.


On the 16th of May I chose Strange Wars (TDOT SPEC) or Asimov’s.
Same issues as Strange Religion so I couldn’t sub there.
Rejections from Fusion Fragment on One Night Stand & Mason Jar on 2 Little Birds.
Subbed The Bivouac to Asimov’s, Desperately Seeking… Something to Martian Magazine & Welcome To Pleasantville to Fusion Fragment.
No=166, Yes=6, Subbed=198.


Markets for the 17th of May were The Other Stories [post apocalypse theme], Typehouse or The Common Tongue.
I added Starward shadows as a spare.
Subbed The Welcome Wagon to The Other Stories Podcast (Hawk and Cleaver).
No=166, Yes=6, Subbed=199.


On the 18th of May I chose Eerie River (Horror, vampire theme) or No Sleep Podcast.
I had to pull Strange Horizons who’d announced they wouldn’t be open again until June.
Subbed The Legend to Eerie River Publishing Monthly Themed Contest.
No=166, Yes=6, Subbed=200.


On the 19th of May the markets were Apex Magazine or Apparition Lit (themed, Contamination).
Rejection from Martian Magazine on Desperately Seeking… Something. It was quick, at least.
Subbed Nanny Slums It Across The Apocalypse to Apex Magazine.
No=167, Yes=6, Subbed=201.


The markets for the 20th of May were Daily Science Fiction or Sanitarium Magazine. I also added Hexagon Magazine.
Rejections from Three-Lobed Burning Eye on Home Is Where The Heart Is, Fusion Fragment on Welcome To Pleasantville & Every Day Fiction on The Milkman Of Paradise .
Subbed Stray Kids Come Back to Daily Science Fiction, Officer Down, Permanently to Sanitarium & Other People’s Gods to Hexagon.
No=170, Yes=6, Subbed=204.


For the 21st of May I picked The Overcast. And subbed there!
Subbed Fair King, Fell Low to The Overcast & Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour to Flash Fiction Online.
No=170, Yes=6, Subbed=206.


On the 22nd of May I used Bourbon Penn.
Rejections from Crunchy With Ketchup on The Princess & The Sandwich and Intrinsick on Dear Toaster.
Subbed Egg Witch to Bourbon Penn, Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop to Manawaker Studio Flash Fiction Podcast & One Night Stand to Kaleidotrope.
No=172, Yes=6, Subbed=209.


On the 23rd of May I’d selected Metaphorosis.
Rejections from Hexagon on Other People’s Gods & Tales to Terrify on The Waking Nightmare..
Subbed A Selection Of Fools Grails to Metaphorosis & Hyperboy; Trinity to DAIKAIJUZINE.
Fixing Broken Dreams was sold to Stupefying Stories.
No=174, Yes=7, Subbed=211.


For the 24th of May I chose Interzone. Andy is always a solid choice for any SF story.
Lots of rejections today – from Metaphorosis on A Selection Of Fools Grails, Hoosier Review on Shoulder Surfers, Kaleidotrope on One Night Stand, Apex Mag on Nanny Slums It Across The Apocalypse, The Mesozoic Readers on 38 Days in an Electric Tyrannosaur, Flame Tree on The Death Of Tony Fashion, Midnight Breakfast on The Long Con & StarShipSofa on Total Immersion.
Subbed Officer Down, Permanently to Not One of Us & Starliner Down to Starward Shadows Quarterly.
No=179, Yes=7, Subbed=216.


On the 25th of May I picked The Future Fire.
Subbed The Death Of Tony Fashion to The Future Fire & Set Adrift to The Colored Lens.
No=179, Yes=7, Subbed=218.


For the 26th of May the market was Analog. It had been Anotherealm, but I couldn’t find anything suitable for them. Subbed Fluid State to Analog & Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop Flashpoint SF.
No=179, Yes=7, Subbed=220.


As the market for the 27th of May I chose The Periodical, Forlorn. It had been NewMyths who I pulled as they weren’t open again until June.
Rejections from The Colored Lens on Set Adrift & Dose of Dread on The Boy In The Shopping Cart.
Subbed Snurgal The Knurgal to The Periodical, Forlorn & The Ripples Of Time to Escape Pod.
No=181, Yes=7, Subbed=222.


For the 28th of May I chose Bards & Sages Quarterly. I’ve sold there once before, and would like to again.
Rejection from Shooter Lit on Write Or Die.
Subbed Mission 334; Mannequin World to Bards & Sages Quarterly.
No=182, Yes=7, Subbed=223.
Today my latest story went up at Stupefying Stories, my 1st sale & publication there.


For the 29th of May I selected The Society of Misfit Toys. In the end I decided I didn’t have anything which suited them.
Subbed Bindlestiffs to Orion’s Belt.
No=182, Yes=7, Subbed=224.


On the 30th of May I’d earmarked The No Sleep Podcast.
Subbed The Uninvited to The No Sleep Podcast & I Dream Of Plastic to Uncharted Magazine.
No=182, Yes=7, Subbed=226.


For the 31st of May I’d chosen Darkness Blooms (Dread Machine) or The Other Stories [mythology theme].
I pulled Silver Blade who were also orignally listed here, they were shut.
Subbed Hansel and Gretel and Wilhelm to Underland Arcana & God Save The Prince to Stupefying Stories as well as 2 things to a place. YOU SAW NOTHING!
Rejection from Flash Fiction Online on Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour.
No=183, Yes=7, Subbed=230.


Overall, I got 40 rejections, 1 acceptance & made 54 submissions.

Now it’s just the waiting game to hear what else happens with the remaining stories still out.
As always, the next Submission Challenge will take place in September, which will be our 2nd birthday!

More details later this year.