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So this was April 2021

1 May

I’ve made 174 new submissions. 143 rejections. 6 acceptances. 1 withdrawn, 0 not received.
As of next month I’ll no longer be logging withdrawn stories as that so rarely happens.

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.

There are currently 57 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

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

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

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

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

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

May Submission Challenge 2021

4 Apr

I’ve finished checking the main list, I have not checked all the spares so if you choose to use one of those, it’s your call.

As always, I provide the markets, all you need are 31 stories ready to go. I’ve managed to source several for some days so if you want to sub to more than 1 market each day, you can.

01 Kaleidotrope https://kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/ or Fantasy Mag https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines [Flash & SHORT] or Cryptids:Emerging https://improbablepress.com/blogs/improbable-press/call-for-submissions-cryptids-anthology
02 Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/ or Flash Fiction Online (Until 21st!) https://www.flashfictiononline.com/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/what-were-looking-for-and-not/
03 Dread Stone Press (Dose Of Dread) 1k flash, horror https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#dose-jump or The Other Stories [Space theme] https://theotherstories.net/submissions
04 Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com/submit-story/ or Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
05 Distant Shore Publishing http://distantshorepublishing.com/submit-a-short-story/ or Uncharted Mag https://www.uncharted-mag.com/
06 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm or Beneath Ceaseless Skies http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
07 Andromeda Spaceways https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/#fiction or Giganotosaurus http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
08 Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
09 Nature: Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/ or The Lorelei Signal https://www.loreleisignal.com/Guidelines.html
10 Planet Scumm https://www.planetscumm.space/submit or Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
11 Allegory https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions
12 Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
13 Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
14 Fusion Fragment http://www.fusionfragment.com/submissions/
15 Outlook Springs https://outlooksprings.submittable.com/submit or Strange Religion (TDOT SPEC) http://tdotspec.com/submissions/ or Dark Dispatch https://darkdispatch.com/submissions/identity-horror-submission-guidelines/
16 Strange Wars (TDOT SPEC) http://tdotspec.com/submissions/ or Asimov’s https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
17 The Other Stories [post apocalypse theme] https://theotherstories.net/submissions or Typehouse https://typehousemagazine.com/submissions/ or The Common Tongue https://www.commontonguezine.com/guidelines-submissions#fiction
18 Eerie River (Horror, vampire theme) https://www.eerieriverpublishing.com/open-submission
19 Apex Magazine https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/ or Apparition Lit https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/ (themed, Contamination)
20 Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit or Sanitarium Magazine https://www.thesanitarium.co.uk/submissions
21 The Overcast http://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines
22 Bourbon Penn https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions.php
23 Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
24 Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/
25 The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
26 Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
27 The Periodical, Forlorn https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines
28 Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
29 The Society of Misfit Toys https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
30 No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions
31 Darkness Blooms (Dread Machine) https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/submit-darkness/ or The Other Stories [mythology theme] https://theotherstories.net/submissions

SPARE MARKETS:- CAVEAT! I did a brief check to make sure all these markets still exist but I didn’t check every one. Use them if you want, but it’s up to you to ensure they are open & paying.

Liquid Imagination http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/
The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Three Crows Magazine http://threecrowsmagazine.com/submissions/
Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions
Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines
Sci Phi Journal https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/
Mythic Magazine https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Welkin https://welkinmag.com/submit/
Timeworn Lit https://www.timewornlit.com/submit
Departure Mirror http://departuremirror.com/guidelines/
Flash Point SF https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/
Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/
Hypnos magazine http://radiumtownpress.com/guidelines.html
Visions https://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines
Constellary Tales http://constellary.com/story-submissions/
Augur http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/
The Centropic Oracle http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php

I had to pull Strange Horizons who announced they won’t be open again until June.
Likewise pulled The Arcanist, they won’t be open either.
Also pulled NewMyths as they aren’t open again until June.
Sirius SF were removed as they are closed due to illness of their publisher.

So this was March 2021

1 Apr

I’ve made 136 new submissions. 105 rejections. 4acceptances. 1 withdrawn, 0 not received.

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.

There are currently 61 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science, Fiction 27th Jan 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

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

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

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

So this was February 2021

1 Mar

I’ve made 87 new submissions. 69 rejections. 3 acceptances. 1 withdrawn.

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!)

There are currently 52 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction 27th Jan 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Philip K. Dick Does It will be released at The Angry Noodle, 2021. (DTBC)
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, Apr, 2021. (DTBC)
Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company will be released at Utopia Science Fiction, Jun 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st, 2021.
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I’ve recommenced with the 365 challenge, now I’m on my new PC. I’ve been back since Jan 8th, the rules are still to sub at least 1 story every day until Jan 7th of 2022. I am aiming to get a lot more than 365 subs out this year.

So this was January 2021

1 Feb

I’ve made 49 new submissions. 37 rejections. 1 acceptances. 1 withdrawn.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company sold to Utopia Science Fiction, Jan 14th 2021.
One other sale was made on Jan 31st, 2021. I’ve not yet been given permission to announce it.

There are currently 49 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction 27th Jan 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, Apr, 2021. (DTBC)
Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company will be released at Utopia Science Fiction, Jun 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st, 2021.
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

Sadly, the official 365 day challenge is now over. My laptop fatally bricked meaning I wasn’t able to get a sub up, so by the terms of the challenge, that was a fail.
I’ve sold another story but am waiting for permission to make an official announcement on that. More news when I’m allowed to tell you things!

2021 Awards Eligible Work

18 Jan

The following works are eligible for the Nebula & Hugo Awards in the short story category.
NOTE: REPRINTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE OUTSIDE THEIR PUBLICATION YEAR.

Lost Souls. Daily Science Fiction. January 27th, 2021. Grandmothers Shoes. Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue. March 30th, 2021.

[This is an ongoing thread, updates will appear as stories are released.]

So this was 2020

1 Jan

I’ve made 356 new submissions. 317 rejections. 16 acceptances. 4 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, Feb 28th, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, Mar 22nd, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, Apr 13th, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, Apr 24th, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, Jul 21st, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, Jul 26th, 2020.
Lost Souls sold to Daily Science Fiction, Aug 30th, 2020. (1st Pro Sale!)
And The Lord Taketh Away sold to The Colored Lens, Sept 2nd, 2020.
Grandmothers Shoes sold to Bards And Sages Quarterly, Sept 16th, 2020.
Stranding Room Only sold to Abyss & Apex, Oct 3rd, 2020.
One Of Us Is Lying sold to Sirius Science Fiction, Nov 8th, 2020.
The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis (reprint) sold to Flash In A Flash. Oct 10th, 2020.

There are currently 38 stories out in submission:-


PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. Feb 5th, 2020.
Super Fake. Future Syndicate II. Feb 6th, 2020.
Bastard Space. Wordland 8, Time We Left. Mar 1st, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar. Aphotic Realm Magazine #9, Interstellar. Mar 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. Jun 1st, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby (Bairn 93). Jun 30th, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft. The Angry Noodle (formerly Satyr Central). Aug 12th, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street. Kasma Magazine. Sept 1st, 2020.
Summer At Camp Long Drop. Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror: Fall 2020 (#6). Sept 10th, 2020.
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam), On Time, Sept 30th, 2020.
And The Lord Taketh Away. The Colored Lens #37 Autumn 2020, Oct 15th, 2020.
One Of Us Is Lying. Sirius Science Fiction, Nov 8th, 2020.
(REPRINT) The Symptoms Of Lawn Tennis. Worth 1,000 Words: 101 Flash Fiction Stories by 101 Authors., December 5th, 2020.


THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force. (DTBC)
Lost Souls will be released at Daily Science Fiction, 2021. (DTBC))
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, Apr, 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st, 2021.
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)

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


ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

The 4th month of the year long subs challenge is now over. Only 9 more to go.


I got 9 new ISFDB credits this year:-
A Tooth Fairy Dreams… (2020)
And the Lord Taketh Away (2020)
Mushnik’s Guitar (2020)
Super Fake (2020)
For the Duty (2020)
The Scars of War (2020)
Electric Feet, Manual Street (2020)
Summer at Camp Long Drop (2020)
One Of Us Is Lying (2020)


My total of new stories written this year was 54.


My 2020 writing stats:-
Stories completed=54
Longest story=5995 words
Shortest story=270 words
Camp Nano April ’20=4 stories; 6,741 words
Camp Nano July ’20=20 stories; 33,122 words
NanoWriMo ’20=Did not officially take part. 2 stories. 2,955 words.

Total words written=88,033.


Summing Up:- Made 2 pro sales, sold 1st reprint. Pretty happy with this year.

GOALS FOR 2021:- Sell a translation, make at least 1 pro sale, sell at least 1 reprint.

December 2020 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Jan

From this point on, I won’t be posting a log of monthly stats.

I had just spent 20 mins formatting and preparing this post, then WordPress lost 99% of it.

31 subs, 1 acceptance, 1 withdrawn, 29 rejections.

Reindeer Went On Strike by Ray Daley

14 Dec

Leave out cookies; or some milk. Put out what you like,

No-one’s bringing gifts this year, reindeer went on strike.

Send a letter up the chimmney, Love from Jen and Mike,

By Christmas morning there’ll be tears, reindeer went on strike.

Rudolph works for UPS now, Santa’s got a bike;

You’re not getting gifts this year, reindeer went on strike!

January 2021 Submission Challenge Market

11 Dec

JANUARY SUBMISSION CHALLENGE MARKET LIST. Unless otherwise stated, all markets are confirmed as being open during January & paying. Several of these markets are always open, I’ve included that list at the bottom under the spares.

If you don’t want to sub to a particular market for ANY reason, use a spare or one of the always opens. There are horror markets listed, to give people a chance to try a different genre if they so wish. Otherwise, use a spare.

PLEASE, DO NOT bump a market from its assigned day. Many close or open on a specific day, they’re this order for a reason.
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01 Fantasy Magazine (short & long form) https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines

02 Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/ or Space And Time https://spaceandtime.net/submissions-fiction/

03 Enchanted Conversation https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html or Fireside Fiction https://firesidefiction.com/submissions

04 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm or Flash Point SF https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/

05 Strange Horizons (before 4pm) http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/

06 Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/ or Timeworn Lit https://www.timewornlit.com/submit

07 Departure Mirror http://departuremirror.com/guidelines/

08 Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/

09 Interzone/Black Static (horror) http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/

10 Alchemy Press Book Of Horror 3 https://alchemypress.wordpress.com/submissions/the-alchemy-press-book-of-horrors-3/

11 Sirius SF https://siriussciencefiction.blogspot.com/ or Diabolical Plots (any day in Jan) https://www.diabolicalplots.com/guidelines/

12 Mythic Magazine https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html

13 Welkin https://welkinmag.com/submit/ or The Periodical, Forlorn (Unusual vampires theme) https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines

14 Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines

15 COLP (underground theme) http://www.gypsumsoundtales.com/Colp.php or The Lorelei Signal https://www.loreleisignal.com/Guidelines.html

16 34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/

17 Sci Phi Journal https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/

18 Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines

19 Nature:Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/

20 AGNI https://agnionline.bu.edu/submit or The Binge Watching Cure http://bingewatchingcure.com/submissions/

21 Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit

22 Apex Mag https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/

23 Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions

24 The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/

25 Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/

26 The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html

27 Newmyths.com https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2

28 Amazing Stories https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/

29 Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/

30 Dread Machine (1986 anthology) https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/submit-anthology/

31 Jim Baen Memorial Award https://www.baen.com/contest-jbmssa


SPARES:-
Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html

Cossmass Infinities https://www.cossmass.com/submit/

The Centropic Oracle http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php

The Overcast https://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines

Andromeda Spaceways https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/ [NOT CONFIRMED OPEN]

NEVER CLOSE:-The Future Fire (open/paying/never closed)

Not One Of Us (open/paying/never closed)

The Arcanist (open/paying/never closed to flash)

Nature: Futures (open/paying/never closed)

Analog (open/paying/never closed)

Bards & Sages Quarterly (open/paying/never closed)

The Society of Misfit Stories (open/paying/never closed)

Metaphorosis (open/paying/never closed)