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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 3rd 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 Electric Spec http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html

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/

05 Underland Arcana https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/

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

07 Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/

08 Stupefying Stories https://stupefyingstories.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

09 Silver Blade http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html

10 Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/

11 Shoreline Of Infinity https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/

12 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm

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

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/

16 Translunar Travelers Lounge https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/

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

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

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

20 One Story https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit&pubcode=os

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

22 Brink https://www.brinkliterary.com/submit

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 The Centropic Oracle (CANT CONFIRM)

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

26 Nightmare Magazine OR The Colored Lens http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/

27 Interstellar Flight Press (CANT CONFIRM) OR The Fuckening http://scifilampoon.com/the-fuckening/

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

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.

So this was May 2021

1 Jun

I’ve made 230 new submissions. 183 rejections. 7 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, 23rd May 2021.

There are currently 65 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.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, 23rd May 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories. May 28th, 2021.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

The Message will be released at Stupefying Stories, 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)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2021. (DTBC)
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, Aug 1st, 2021.
Rescue Me will be released in Shelter of Daylight, October 2021. (DTBC)
Philip K. Dick Does It will be released at The Angry Noodle, 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:-

I wrote 9 new stories this month, a total of 7621 words.
Some projects are taking longer than expected, hang in there friends, releases will come eventually!

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.