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SFWA Short Story Market List

20 Nov

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

Why Rejections Aren’t A Bad Thing

9 Nov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schrodingers Rejection, if you like.

And you should like!

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

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

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

Also learn from what else is said in a rejection.

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

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

So rejections can turn into acceptances and sales.

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

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

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

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

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

October 2020 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Nov

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Also. Checked rates. SECOND PRO SALE!


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

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

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


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

Received my contributor copy of Ghostlight Magazine today.

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

On my 1st Revise & Resubmit

4 Oct

So on October 1st 2020 I received my 1st ever revise & resubmit request, from Every Day Fiction. It went like this:- Your story “The Suicide Drive” was very close to an acceptance, but there were some slight problems, so we’d like to invite you to take this opportunity to revise and resubmit it. We are attaching a file with some feedback from our editorial team for your consideration.

Here’s the feedback. I skipped the specifics related to the story:- I think our readers would be interested in this story and it’s almost publishable as-is, but addressing those confusion points should take it to the next level.

The main issue was they weren’t sure who was speaking (although the reader had correctly guessed & no clarification was needed) but they also felt it’d work as a single person narrative. To make it clearer who was speaking, I set the piece up as 1 man’s log of events. I also altered the end so the same person was telling us the outcome. I added 1 line to increase the horror element.

Apparently these changes made the 2nd reader not like it at all.
His comments:- The other problem is that we’re told this story through a log entry. This has been done before but it seriously impact the ability for the piece do demonstrate any sort of change in the main character and that sort of change is what we like to see drive stories published at EDF. The evolution creates its own story arc and gives a sense of a whole story being told rather than a scene or a vignette.

So I did everything I was asked, then because someone different read it, they hated it. Did he not read the original? “So this is my first look at this one.” That’s a no then. So how did he know what I’d done to it, and why?

I had literally added 2 lines, and altered one. Having not read the original draft or seen the 1st readers comments (by the sound of it) he had no clue what I’d changed or why. He’d seen my comments as to why I’d changed stuff.

So because 2 different people read the story & the 2nd didn’t read the original, this was rejected, despite the 1st reader saying, and I quote “it’s almost publishable as-is, but addressing those confusion points should take it to the next level.”

I addressed those points, and IT STILL GOT REJECTED.

In future, if I’m ever asked to revise & resub, I’ll politely say no.

The Last Time I’m Making This Offer

17 Aug

Hey, all. I wanted to check in and say hello, but to also share my life news. Settle in, this won’t be short. Sorry.

Right now I am coming up to the 1st anniversary of my submission challenge. An idea which evolved from a tweet asking “How hard would it be to submit a story every day for a year?” To which, most people replied, “Pretty darn tough.”

So I saw a challenge, and took it head on. How hard would it be to submit a story every day for a month, to a paying market?

Thus was the Submission Challenge born. I’ve run it 3 times, Sept 2019, Jan 2020 & May 2020.

I wasn’t alone in the venture, others have joined me & we’ve made sales. My dumb idea made folks money & resulted in publications.

I DID A THING! YAY!

But recently, my creative mind hasn’t been in a good place, so I lashed out, as I frequently do, and attacked the one good thing in my life. I told people it was going away, and wasn’t likely to ever come back.

Because I’m probably mentally ill (undiagnosed) & am prone to destroying my life while I’m still living it.

THEN A THING HAPPENED.

I knew the 1 year anniversary of the event was coming up, & that I was going to run it for my friends for the last time. Then a little voice in my head reminded me of something. “Remember people thought it’d be crazy hard to submit a story every day? Well, I hate you, and you hate yourself, so why not suffer, be miserable and try to sub a story every day FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR?

I thought, ‘Hey. There’s something in that.’

I don’t hate myself, nor do I want to suffer, or be miserable. But I do like challenging myself to step beyond my comfort zone so my mind flew back to that original challenge.

I’ve done a month 3 times now. I’d done 100 days non-stop too. So why not try a whole year?

And that is what I’ll be trying from September 1st. Submit at least 1 story per day, every day for a year, to a paying market.

If this challenge sounds too big, why not join me for the first 30 days? I’ve already selected the markets, with some spares. If you’ve got about 30 stories, and feel some of them might sell, this could be the kickstart you need! Get in touch here, or on my Facebook feed https://www.facebook.com/raymond.daley.10, or tweet me @RayDaleyWriter

I’d really like more people to be involved. You don’t HAVE to sub every day, you might not like a market, or agree with their ideals. Whatever reason, if you want to sub less than 30, you can. I am not your Dad! Get in touch with me as the market list will only be available in the private Facebook group. If you want to challenge yourself as a writer, start selecting your stories. It takes about 9 days to select 30 stories, fully proof & audio proof. I know. I’ve done it before, and in less time too.

If you don’t take the opportunity now, it won’t be coming back. I have tried to get more people to take part before. Apart from those already on board, no-one else seems to care. This is why I am here now, trying to light a fire under your lazy, uninterested arse. I’ve tried to nice approach.

This event is going away if more people don’t support it by taking part. Only you can change my mind. Get involved.

SUBMISSION CHALLENGE UPDATE/ AKA I OWE YOU AN EXPLANATION.

9 Aug
A while back, I told the private Facebook group that the challenge might be going away. I was in a weird place then. But I wasn’t lying, not entirely. The challenge in general WILL be going away after September.
It’s being replaced by something else. Something a lot harder.
At least 1 story subbed per day for the next 365 days. Oh, yes.
I’m going to try to sub a story every day for a year.
Questions you may have:-
Are you insane? Yes.
Can we take part? Yes.
Is there going to be an ongoing list? No.
Will they all be paying markets? Yes.
When will it start? September 1st 2020.
Honestly, are you insane? I’m not sane.
Is this even possible? I’ve got over 500 unsubbed stories, so for me, yes it probably is.
Are there rules? Yes. Submit at least 1 story to a paying market for 365 consecutive days. If I miss a day, I fail.
If we take part, do these rules apply to us? Only if you want them to, otherwise use whatever rules you want. I’m not your conscience.
Is this genuinely going ahead? It is now.
Can we persuade you otherwise? No, I’m not sane. We already established that.
Do you want us to intervene? Hell no, I want a challenge. Do it, or die trying.
Why now? Why not January? Because every day is precious, and COVID exists. Again. Die trying.
So this is an actual thing now? Fuck yes, it is.
Will the challenge run at the same time? This IS the challenge now. The old challenge won’t run in January or May, if that’s what you meant.
This is the new normal? This is the new. I am not normal.
So, sub a story per day for a year, or fail? Correct.
Should we wish you luck? No, there’s no luck involved. It’s all hard work & persistance. You can offer support though.
Is there a lot of prep to do? Several hundred stories to get listed on Submission Grinder. About a week’s work if I knuckle down.
So there you go. The September challenge will be the start of my new challenge, to sub at least 1 story per day to paying markets, for a whole year.
I’m 80% sure there are enough open all the time markets to do it. This obviously means there is a decent chance of failure, but I like my odds.

ACTUAL RULES:-

  1. 1 story of any length/genre must be sent to a paying market every day for 365 days.
  2. A day is a period of 24 hours from 0000 to 1159 GMT/BST (dependant on time of year).
  3. The challenge is failed if a story is not sent out during the 24hrs of any of the 365 days.
  4. Simultaneous Subs (same story at different markets) is allowed if the guidelines say so.
  5. A story is classed as sent if email software doesn’t report otherwise with the send day.
  6. Markets can & will be used more than once during the year.
  7. If any markets asks me to stop submitting there, I must do so.

Summing up Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020.

1 Aug

As far as doing Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 went, my goals were low. I’ve had quite a difficult relationship with being creative recently. I’ve pretty much completely moved my model to submitting stuff, rather than writing or creating new stories. However, I decided that I would like to try writing again during Camp Nano July.

GOALS:- Any of the following –
Write a total of 20,000 words.
Write a total of 20 different stories.
Write for 20 days.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 1.

1st story of day 1 written. 1,192 words (The Dream Police) so far & 1446 words (Viskar Says Koklyev). Total of 2638 words.

Dream Police was literally inspired from reading a tweet which said “Who are you, the dream police?” Viskar Says Koklyev was an idea where you could spend years working for a person who only ever said one word and you couldn’t understand them.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 2. 1139 words (This Reality Is Collapsing) & 975 words (Dear Transnational Death Tank Company). Total of 4752 words.

This Reality Is Collapsing was an idea about being in an awful situation & having to think laterally to get out of it. Dear Transnational Death Tank Company is one of my experiments with epistles which I learned about doing Cat Rambo’s flash fiction course. Those have really been proving fun and easy to write. If you can find the right subject, these almost write themselves.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 3. 1670 words. Total of 6422 words.

Praise The Lord, this is already out in submission so I don’t want to say too much about it. I know I enjoyed writing it. Maybe you’ll be able to enjoy reading it soon? Fingers crossed!

Camp Nano July 2020, day 4. 2112 words. Total of 8534 words.

The Dive, inspired by seeing the movie “Underwater”, which I thought was awful, and not remotely entertaining. It’s a mix of SF & horror. The style wasn’t easy to get right, I hope people like it when I start submitting it.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 5. 725 words. Total of 9259 words.

Quick summary of Camp so far. I’ve written 6 stories. Not all of them are shit. A few may be saleable. Some may need beta readers.

Todays story was The Wokklesok, inspired by a user on Kongregate called Wokklesok. I said “Hey, man. Can I use your nickname in a story?” and he said have at it. So I did.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 6. 2316 words. Total of 11575 words.

TITLE REDACTED, day 1. I was frightened to start writing this, it’s a scary subject. Also, I’m not sure anyone has ever written a short story about this subject, so I won’t be mentioning the title, or the subject.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 7. 3049 words. Total of 14624 words.

Day 2 of TITLE REDACTED. Finally got it finished!

Camp Nano July 2020, day 8. 0 words. Total of 14624 words. I’m putting this here now. Writing yesterdays story was quite stressful so I am taking today off. Yes, I could write later today, but I don’t want to so I’m not forcing it.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 9. 1067 words. Total of 15691 words.

War Driver, a short cyberpunk style piece. Just an experiment really.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 10. 2476 words. Total of 18167 words.

Rescue Mission, based on an image prompt.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 11. 604 words. Total of 18771 words. Yeah, a short one today. I don’t mind, I wrote something. It just didn’t work out much longer than I had hoped. Daily goal has been 500 words and we’re beyond that.

London By Data-tape (Sensorium Version). I hoped I could get more from this idea, but struggled to get much beyond the daily 500 word goal.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 12. 1724 words. Total of 20495 words. And that is my goal, reached. A total of 12 stories finished. I’ll decide tomorrow if I am going to keep writing or not. At least there’s no pressure now.

Todays story was We Came Back In Winter, also based on an image prompt. It’s not a great story but hopefully with some refining I can fix it.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 13. 1912 words. Total of 22407 words.

I Made A New Friend Today. Exactly what it sounds like, part sf, part horror.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 14. 1456 words. Total of 23863 words.

Snurgul The Knurgal, short, maybe too short. Might need more work.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 15. 818 words. Total of 24681 words.

Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company, another epistle. I like it, I think it works and is funny.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 16. 1483 words. Total of 26164 words.

Declaring Dependants, a story set in COVID times, not sure if it works.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 17. 0 words. Total of 26164 words. Declaring today a down day, to relax, smell the flowers & just chill. I’ve 2 titles I can work on, but not today.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 18 & 19. 0 words. Total of 26164 words. As I am starting a week-long writing course Monday, I’m going to declare no words for today & tomorrow right now. I’m fine, I could totally write now if I so wished. I’d rather save it all up for that week.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 20. 2592 words. Total of 28756 words.

Death Cache Trial, I’ve been watching a Belgian livestreamer on Twitch recently, he does geocaching, and it gave me several ideas. this also needs some work.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 21. 0 words. Total of 28756 words.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 22. 1386 words. Total of 30142 words.

The Blue Package, I’d been watching Upload this week and had a few ideas of my own about living in a virtual enviroment.

Camp Nano July 2020, day 23. 875 & 936 (1811) words. Total of 31953 words. And that is my 20 stories completed.

Dial Stuck On Summer – short, set in a simulation. Needs some work, & Field Motivator Unit 349 Joins The Townswomens Guild – Really needs a lot to fix it.

SUMMING UP:- Goal to write 20,000 words was achieved, and then some. Goal to write 20 stories was achieved, barely. Some of them aren’t great. You can really spot the ones I fought to crank out.

While I didn’t write for 20 days, I didn’t feel I had to. I got 2 of my 3 possible goals, which I was more than happy with. I’m nowhere near back to where I was, easily able to write at will, whenever I want, but it’s a lot easier than it was before. I’m calling that a win too.

I wrote a very difficult story I had been putting off doing. It will be going out to submission, probably in August. At least 16 of these 20 stories feel like they could sell to the right market, with minor tweaking.

I put the entire list bar TITLE REDACTED online, people are enjoying the sound of them. I’ll use August to prepare for the September Submission Event which might possibly be the final one. I am either shelving the project, or potentially taking the next step on my own, to try a year long challenge of submitting 1 story per day for 365 days.

I’m not confident of my health, with COVID. I am working like every day is my last. Get stuff done, get it subbed. Worry about dying later. It’s probably just paranoia, but I am honestly frightened.

I don’t want to sound down, but life is fucking scary right now. You never know if you’ll wake up tomorrow, so just live like you will. Stay healthy, friends!

So this was June 2020

1 Jul

I’ve made 194 new submissions. 169 rejections. 8 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.

There are currently 34 stories out in submission:-

out in subs june

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. February 5th, 2020.
Super Fake. Future Syndicate II. February 6th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar. Aphotic Realm Magazine #9, Interstellar. March 26th, 2020
(REPRINT) The Dionesian Wave. Tell-Tale Press. May 4th, 2020.
For The Duty. Space Force: Building The Legacy. May 19th, 2020.
The Shaming. The Starship Logs Vol 3: Nabu Carnevale. Tell-Tale Press. 1st June, 2020.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

The Scars Of War will be published at Chrome Baby, 30th June, 2020 or 1st July, 2020.
Bastard Space will be released in Wordland 8 3rd July, 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, 2020. (DTBC)
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) will be released in On Time, 2020. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2020. (DTBC)

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

Some of the dates I had for publication have now passed. Due to the pandemic, people have other priorities. Ghostlight did send me an email, but I stupidly deleted it before I had a chance to take the updated info off it. If I get any specific updates, I’ll announce them here & on my Twitter feed.

The release date for On Time appears to have been bounced, we were all set for June 27th but that’s been and gone. Having recently checked with them, sadly they were delayed but I’m told we’re close to go time.

I’ve still got 2 stories left to hear back from the January Submission Challenge. There are also still 3 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! To be honest there, one of those is probably getting pulled from submission.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going.

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

Sadly I can’t check any of my email archives because the PC they were on has died, so until I can get data off that drive, it’s anyone’s guess when the TBC’s come out.

Yes, I’ve made no sales for a while. I am hoping things will turn around soon. While there are still things to be published, it’d be nice to snag a few more sales before this year is over. I know we’re only just over half way through, but it’ll be done before you know it.

Wish me luck for Camp NaNo July!

So I made a decision…

21 Jun

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, this won’t be news to you. I’m doing Camp NaNo July 2020.

I’ve set quite a low goal of either 20,000 words or 20 complete stories over 500 words.

I did a quick riffle through my stuff by the PC and have come up with 20 things I’d be happy writing. I’ve also had a brief look through my partially written stories, my incompletes and my works in progress. Lots of things to write there.

Hopefully I can find the motivation to get that done.

Random creations using writing tools

10 Jun

So I was experimenting with some online storytelling tools. What follows are the results. Basically you selected a bunch of dictionaries or authors to select words from & you had to make something from them.

Here’s the first one, it used several odd sources.


Monsters have bitterly blackened the heart of the empty gun. The false queen of family nuclear now keep the dark from different velvet. Griffins have landed inside people and have said, “family infest them, for a different impressive Space Academy about us.”

Lilith sickens us, lying, talking, have the caged colony walled for treasure than to kick inevitable heavens, the other dawn.

People will kiss rats that the fairy tale sealed; endemic with thundering.

Mastermind defiled, destroyed, always imprison him. Family be so wrong, mine for love. They cause little de-evolution and wise women care over despicably. Intruders die, give us lovers sour deplorable end. Some also want super-earths. Be holy, enemies be wild. Drunken loves slap some lives, becoming cold, dreaded is new, different house.

Help me for him.


This one just used an SF Database.

Spacerabbits have cold ray guns, mules tear travelers tempting interspecies centipedes. Preternatural telepath tesseracts journey, endemic. Dawn vanishes, radio waves monitor horrors. Rangers dig desolated artifact wounding behemoths.

Cyborgs lurk, grunting mischievous telepathy. Ellipsoid boat, out of phase, desecrates tractor beams. Jovian methane fire, smothering outer space, powerful fractious fingers forced situations. Tachyon transports tear energy fields. Space piracy; behemoth pigmen betray deathlike maliciousness.

Black widow whistles, forget psychokinetic temperatures. Shatters super-earths, followers windmill, vanishing unmindfully. Frozen polymers piloted ghostly clone army revealed, laser rifle target caught friends with warlocks. Ethereal howl protecting, hallucinates, screamed decay, time traveled consciousness.

Worlds collapse, seal psychokinetic subspace. Irascible shroud.

Hyperspheres yowls.


It’s certainly quite surreal, more a stream of conciousness than anything.

I thought it was worth sharing though.