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January 2023 Submission Challenge

24 Nov

The rules are simple. Submit at least 1 story to a paying market during the month of January. If you wish to sub to more than 1, that is your choice. These are my selected markets, they should all be open, they are all paying. If you wish, you can sub a story every day. That’s my challenge, if you want to try it as well, feel free. This is a mixture of SF/Fantasy & Horror markets because I cover all those genres.

It’s been a lot harder compiling the list this time as so many markets have either shut completely or changed their sub schedules. I haven’t listed Daily Science because I can’t confirm if they are open or not. If you submit to one of the markets listed below, READ THE GUIDELINES! I will perform another check mid December to ensure all these places ARE still going to be open.

If you take part, do try to blog about it because I love hearing everyone’s experience trying the challenge. Pretty much everyone who ever took part has sold a story but I can’t guarentee success. Write good pieces, fit the right story to the right market & submit. I’ve made a pro sale (which counted towards becoming a Full SFWA Member) from this challenge so it does work.

The whole point of the challenge is to get you used to submitting, matching stories to markets & frequently having to do that with no warning that it’s not the market you expected. If you have questions, or want to take part you can get in touch with @RayDaleyWriter on Twitter or scream into the void because I don’t check Facebook as often these days.

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01 – Fantasy Magazine (short & long form) https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines OR The Fairy Tale Magazine https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/submissions
02 – Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/ OR Cosmic Root & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
03 – Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/ OR Galaxy’s Edge http://www.galaxysedge.com/submissions/
04 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.html OR Hexagon Magazine https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/
05 – Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/ OR Planet Scumm https://www.planetscumm.space/submit
06 – Amazing Stories https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/ OR Tales from the Moonlit Path http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/ [Bloody Valentine theme]
07 – Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
08 – Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
09 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/ OR Sci Phi Journal https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/
10 – Dose Of Dread https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/
11 – Radon Journal https://www.radonjournal.com/submit
12 – The Overcast https://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines
13 – Apex Magazine https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/
14 – 34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/ OR Cosmic Horror Monthly https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
15 – The Dread Machine https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
16 – Horror Library (Dark Moon) http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Submissions.html
17 – Factor Four Magazine http://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/
18 – Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/
19 – The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
20 – Brilliant Flash Fiction https://brilliantflashfiction.com/submissions/ OR Bourbon Penn https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions
21 – Asimov’s https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
22 – James Gunn’s Ad Astra http://www.adastrasf.com/submissions/short-fiction-submission-guidelines/ OR The Other Stories https://theotherstories.net/submissions
23 – Strange Horizons (before 4pm GMT) http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
24 – Penumbric https://www.penumbric.com/subs.html OR Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
25 – The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/ OR Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
26 – Nature: Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/ OR Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
27 – Mythaxis https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html
28 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
29 – Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines OR Newmyths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2
30 – Anotherealm http://anotherealm.com/faq/submit.php OR The Mesozoic Reader https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/mesozoic-reader/
31 – Dark Recesses https://darkrecessespress.com/?page_id=29
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NOTHING BELOW HERE ARE CONFIRMED OPEN. THESE ARE MERELY SUGGESTED ALTERNATE MARKETS WHICH MAY BE OPEN & DO PAY.

Allegory https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions
Aphotic Realm https://aphoticrealm.com/submissions/
Apparition Lit https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/
Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
Flash Point SF https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/
Giganotosaurus http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions
Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
The Colored Lens http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/
The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
The Lorelei Signal https://www.loreleisignal.com/Guidelines.html
The Periodical, Forlorn https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines
Timeworn Lit https://www.timewornlit.com/submit
Underland Arcana https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/

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Sept ’22 Submission Challenge Round-up

1 Oct

Possibly the hardest the challenge has ever been for me. Really tough, mentally. There were many days where I just felt like not bothering and subbing nothing. No idea how I overcame that, but I did. Here’s the breakdown.
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Sept 1st – 3 subs sent out today.
Rooms Full Of Memories to Split Lip, A God’s Day Off to Forge Literary & When Does The Screaming Stop to Dark Recesses (Print).
I’m only going to log challenge submissions & rejections here. Previously I had also logged all the on-going stats, the comings & goings of the month, but I realised there’s no point in doing that as I’ll be doing the normal monthly round-up so why do a thing twice?
I’m happy, I got stuff out to all the markets I wanted to, and it felt pretty easy and good.
3 subs made. 0 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 2nd – 2 subs today.
Illegal Operator to Cosmic Roots & I Made A New Friend Today to Eidetic. A bit of stress doing my Cosmic Roots sub as it’s always a bugger to log in there. I managed eventually.
5 subs made. 0 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 3rd – 3 subs today.
Some Enchanted Evening to Clarkesworld, Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour to Into Chaos & Transitional Period to The Dread Machine. Felt fairly easy, I was watching the Taylor Hawkins concert on Youtube so had decent background music.
8 subs made. 0 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 4th – 1 sub today. Should have been 2, but Andromeda Spaceways closed at short notice.
Egress to Apex Magazine.
9 subs made. 0 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
This is what the challenge is about, being flexible at insanely short notice. I don’t plan these market drop-outs, they happen organically, and we have to be able to react to them at a moments notice. Can you find another market, pick a story for it then get it ready and sent out the same day?

Sept 5th – 2 subs today, but not to one of the listed markets.
Befriend a Robot to Interzone & Reserved For Special Treatment to The Vanishing Point.
I had Taco Bell Quarterly listed, but already have a story there at the moment, also the story going there hasn’t actually been written yet. Fortunately I spotted a tweet from The Vanishing Point who do dark SF & horror and that is pretty much my wheelhouse so I dived right in there.
11 subs made. 0 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
EDIT, LATER:- No on Befriend A Robot from Interzone.
11 subs made. 1 rejection. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 6th – Another 2 subs today.
Shots Of Repatriated Bastard to Etherea Magazine & Why I Didn’t Escape from New York to Flash Point SF.
I made a sale overnight, but it wasn’t challenge related.
13 subs made. 1 rejection. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 7th – 2 more subs went out today.
Mother Knows Best to Asimov’s & Hush, Hush, The Princess Is Sleeping to Tiny Tales Podcast.
15 subs made. 1 rejection. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
EDIT:-No on Some Enchanted Evening from Clarkesworld.
15 subs made. 2 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
Clarkesworld are fairly quick with rejections which generally means they are then available as a spare or back-up market in the event that other markets close at short notices or any other submission issues arise. Interzone fill a similar spot. F&SF used to, not any more.

Sept 8th – 2 subs made today. I had 3 markets listed but had nothing for Analog.
An Tincture Against Forbidden Love to Strange Libations & A Dragon Landed In Central Park to Fractured Lit. No on When Does The Screaming Stop? from Dark Recesses.
17 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 09th – 2 more subs made today. Any day you can make more than 1 sub is a good day as far as I am concerned.
Star-liner Down to StarShipSofa & Going Overboard to Tales From The Radiator.
19 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
The Queen died yesterday. Telly has gone to shit and will stay that way for the next week, at least.

Sept 10th – Just the one sub went out today. I had 2 markets listed but Archive Of The Odd weren’t confirmed as open & eventually proved not to be.
Bodge Job to Neon.
20 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 11th – 2 subs went out today.
The Ripples Of Time to Shoreline of Infinity & Dungeons, No Dragons to Whetstone.
A few markets have been holding stuff longer than normal, I’m trying my best not to read anything into that. And failing miserably. Whatever happens, happens. It’s out of my control now. All I could do was send the best story which I felt suited the market formatted how they wanted them.
22 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 12th – Actually logging this on the 13th because I somehow forgot? My memory is getting a lot worse than I thought it was. Anyway. I’m fucking here now, so let’s do the damn thing!
2 subs went out today.
A Wizarding World to World Unknown Review & The Burning Towers to The Bureau Dispatch.
I did have a rejection, but it was from last month, so it doesn’t feature for these stats.
24 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 13th – Yep, this is a double entry because I forgot yesterday. Don’t ask. “Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most.”
3 subs made today.
Not A Matter Of Belief to The Vampericon, The Adventures Of The Amazing Jill, And Otter Bob to Electric Spec & Say Again, Over to Obsolescence.
27 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.
I spent yesterday shifting some stuff around because certain markets were threatening to close early or if full, so not everything was originally listed for today. Vampiricon & Obsolescence were both brought forward so I could beat the rush.

Sept 14th – Two weeks in.
3 subs went out today because I had an extra off the calendar.
Observation Log; Day Shift to Stanchion, Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour to Penumbric & The Doppleganger Exchange to Aniko Magazine.
30 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 15th – Pretty much halfway through the month, getting the stories out is starting to feel like a strain. 3 subs went out today.
The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon to riddlebird, Do Bears… to Winter of Wonder & The Solved Equations to Clarkesworld.
I had Interzone Digital listed as one of the markets today, because of the issues I’ve been having through Submission Grinder, I’ve decided I won’t be subbing there again to avoid any further confusion or repetition of stories to different versions of the same market.
33 subs made. 3 rejections. 0 acceptances. 0 holds.

Sept 16th – 3 subs went out today.
Also, good news. My 1st acceptance! And of course, with victory, comes defeat.
No on The Solved Equations from Clarkesworld. They’re back to fast rejections, which is good.
London By Data-tape (Sensorium Version) to FFO, Amy, Alone to Flash Frog & Something Good To Eat to Dose of Dread.
36 subs made. 4 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 17th – Just the one sub went out today. What an absolute fucking joke that was. From pressing send to receiving the rejection, less than 3 minutes.
Things To Do When You’re Undead In Denver to The Dark.
No on Things To Do When You’re Undead In Denver from The Dark.
37 subs made. 5 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 18th – Just the one sub going out again today. More on that shortly. No on Transitional Period from The Dread Machine.
I’ve Been Everywhere, Man to Pyre Magazine. I had Dream Of Shadows scheduled as well, they don’t open until tomorrow so I’ve put them back for then.
EDIT:- A rejection came in late. No on A Dragon Landed In Central Park from Fractured Lit.
38 subs made. 7 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 19th – 3 subs going out today. Because Dream of Shadows wasn’t open yesterday, I bumped them to today.
Dream Journal #4 to Dream of Shadows, Commence With Enthusiastic Dancing to Three-Lobed Burning Eye & Scenario Twelve to Escape Pod.
EDIT:- A couple of late rejections came in. A same dayer (5 hrs 30 mins) on Dream Journal #4 from Dream of Shadows & on Amy, Alone from Flash Frog.
41 subs made. 9 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sep 20th – 2 stories went out today.
Inheriting Grandma’s House to Kaleidotrope & Life Is Grim to Tumbled Tales Anthology. I also managed to get some more stories selected as it was reaching the last few.
43 subs made. 9 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 21st – Another 2 stories went out today.
Also got a lead on a new market, more on that later.
Chancers subbed to F&SF & Hot Dust to Hexagon.
Found a podcast site called Simultaneous Times who cover SF (and are paying) so I’ve slotted them in for a sub on the 23rd. Quite of lot of my stories matched up in Submission Grinder and I am having a chat with them via Twitter also. Hopefully a sale there, perhaps.
45 subs made. 9 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 22nd – 2 more stories went out today.
No on Commence With Enthusiastic Dancing from Three-Lobed Burning Eye.
I bumped Simultaneous Times up a day, to get something there quicker because it looks like they might get a rush in the next few days. I’ve shifted a few markets around. Dreamforge were scheduled for today but as they’re open all month, I moved them. More on that another day.
Pick A Witch to Translunar Travelers Lounge & Ground Control to Simultaneous Times.
47 subs made. 10 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 23rd – The day everything changed.
2 subs went out today.
Here’s what was scheduled. Mythulu (Symbiosis), Crack In The Code (Mocha Memoirs) & Simultaneous Times. What ACTUALLY went out?
Befriend a Robot to Crack in the Code & The Magician to Chrome Baby.
49 subs made. 10 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.
EDIT:-1 rejection came in, it’s always the same isn’t it. You’ve got nice and settled, then you have to do admin.
No on A God’s Day Off from Forge Lit.
49 subs made. 11 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 24th – My sub to Cosmic Roots as been placed “Under Consideration”. This is the 1st time I’ve ever gone further than a form rejection with them. It’s quite scary.
2 stories went out today.
I couldn’t sub to Bump In The Night, as I didn’t qualify.
Idiots Of The Underworld to Tales from the Moonlit Path & Unlucky For Some to Clarkesworld.
Also 2 rejections. No on Inheriting Grandma’s House from Kaleidotrope & Pick A Witch from Translunar Travellers Lounge.
51 subs made. 13 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 25th – Only the 1 sub went out today.
Mission 334; Mannequin World to The Future Fire.
I also had the Icarus Writing Collective listed for today but it turned out their call was themed and my story didn’t fit, neither did I have anything which did.
52 subs made. 13 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.
EDIT:- Also had a rejection come in later. No on Unlucky For Some from Clarkesworld.
52 subs made. 14 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 26th – 2 stories went out today.
Neither were what I’d wanted to send to either market. One was too short, the other didn’t fit them at all.
When Does The Screaming Stop to Nightmare Magazine & A Controlled Situation to Seize the Press.
54 subs made. 14 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 27th – Yes, 3 markets were listed for today. I didn’t have anything for tdotSpec (SF Tarot), so only 2 stories went out.
No on Bodge Job from Neon.
Running With Scissors to Weird Horror Mag & Dial Stuck On Summer to Flash Fiction Podcast.
56 subs made. 15 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 28th – 2 stories subbed today. I only had 1 market listed but pulled another out to boost my numbers.
The Bivouac to Interzone & True Identities to Radon Journal.
58 subs made. 15 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 29th – A heavy day for rejections. 6 in total.
No on An Tincture Against Forbidden Love from Strange Libations, on Running With Scissors from Weird Horror, on The Bivouac from Interzone, on Something Good To Eat from Dose Of Dread, on Egress to Apex Mag & on Observation Log; Day Shift from Stanchion. It was easier just to do a round of rejections then log the subs later as there were so many, it wouldn’t have fitted in 1 tweet.
Just the 1 story being subbed today.
I know I had Chrome Baby logged for today but bumped them up. Dreamforge were also in the frame potentially but the story I want to send there is already out so I’m waiting until the day the close, next month.
The Death Of Tony Fashion to Tough.
59 subs made. 21 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.

Sept 30th – Final day of the challenge.
Just the 1 story went out day.
No on Scenario Twelve from Escape Pod.
Sixteen Tons to Planet Scumm.
I had Chestnut Review down but unfortunately they charge for anything which isn’t flash so I had nothing for them, because I don’t pay to sub.
Not awful because it means my current stats are all nice round numbers. That may change over the rest of the day though.
60 subs made. 22 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.
EDIT:- Had a rejection arrive at tea time. No on London By Data-tape (Sensorium Version) from Flash Fiction Online.
60 subs made. 23 rejections. 1 acceptance. 0 holds.
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Overall, a very tough challenge. 2 sales made this month, one from the challenge so that picked my spirits up for a few days. I’ve no idea if the challenge will return in January or not, there are other factors in play, including a serious need to make some money. You’ll find out as soon as I know.
I don’t know if I should class the Cosmic Roots “into further consideration” as a hold or not. It feels like one to me so I’m going to claim it.
I’m sorry that I can’t announce what I sold to who during this month, the market asked me not to until they’ve announced themselves, so I have to respect that.

FINAL STATS:- 60 subs made. 23 rejections. 1 acceptance. 1 hold.

So This Was September 2022

1 Oct

I’ve made 284 submissions. 254 rejections. 16 acceptances. 1 story being held.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-Sidekicks was accepted by A Hero Of A Different Stripe, Oct 6th ’21. (Not included in the above total)
Bag Of Bones was accepted by 206 Word Stories, Feb 12th ’22
Madam Midnight Fucks Shit Up was sold to Synthetic Reality Magazine, Feb 15th ’22
PROVISIONAL SALE IF MARKET GOES AHEAD, TO BE LOGGED.
Father, Are You Sleeping? was sold to Dark Recesses Press, Mar 5th ’22.
Dragon Bait was sold to Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Mar 20th ’22.
I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks was sold to Fission, Apr 3rd ’22.
Dawn of Time Episode 1, Time Flies With Time Pies (Co-Author) was sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 8th ’22.
Dawn of Time Episode 8, When things look dark…. was sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 8th ’22.
A Fine Body was sold to The Lorelei Signal, May 9th ’22.
Ask For Slim was sold to HyphenPunk, May 17th ’22.
Total Immersion was sold to The Society of Misfit Stories, Jun 22nd ’22.
A Monster Under Every Bed was sold to It Came From Under The Bed, Jul 15th ’22.
The Age Of Chivalry was sold to The Lorelei Signal, Jul 17th ’22.
Unannounced sale to redacted market, Jul 23rd ’22.
Spun Yarn was sold to Bullet Points, Aug 8th ’22.
The Man Who Borrowed My Clock has been sold to The Colored Lens, Aug 24th ’22.
Breaking Down A Cursed Sandwich has been sold to Never Cheat a Witch, Aug 29th ’22.
The Dragon Readers has been sold to 99 Fleeting Fantasies, Sept 5th 22.
Unannounced sale to redacted market, Sept 16th 22.

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

There are currently 55 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-
Stranding Room Only was released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 1st ’22.
Bag Of Bones was released at Bag of Bones – 206 Word Stories: A Horror Anthology, 26th Feb ’22. (POEM)
Father, Are You Sleeping? was released at Dark Recesses Press, 16th Mar ’22.
Dawn of Time Episode 1, Time Flies With Time Pies was released at Stupefying Stories, 8th April ’22. (Co-Author)
Call Back, Any Time! was released at Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, 20th Apr ’22.
Dragon Bait was released at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, May 2nd ’22.
Dawn of Time Episode 8, When things look dark… was released at Stupefying Stories, May 27th ’22.
Ask For Slim was released at HyphenPunk, Jun 15th ’22.
A Fine Body was released at The Lorelei Signal, Jul 3rd ’22.

LESSONS LEARNED:-(This is a new segment, I’ll be adding tips for myself for future blogs.)
Add sales as stubs as soon as those are received. Temp entries until announced then replace with official info.
Add releases when info is received to Shape Of Things To Come, so I don’t forget.
Add stubs to Shape Of Things To Come for unannounced sales.
Create entries for the Submission Challenge each day, as they come in or go out.
I chose to remove the Stories On Hold section as I didn’t want any markets to feel pressure to buy stuff.
I moved the entry for Tuck & Roll because I’m tired of working around its constant delays.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!
Where They Fear To Tread will be released in Jersey Pine Ink’s Trees Anthology, Summer 2022. (DTBC)
The Age Of Chivalry will be released in The Lorelei Signal, Oct 2022. (DTBC)
Breaking Down A Cursed Sandwich will be released in to Never Cheat a Witch, Oct ’22. (DTBC)
I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks will be released in Fission Vol #2, Nov ’22. (DTBC)
Madam Midnight Fucks Shit Up will be released in Synthetic Reality Magazine, Issue 9, Late ’22. (DTBC)
The Man Who Borrowed My Clock has been sold to The Colored Lens, Autumn, 2022. (DTBC)
Unannounced sale to market, possibly late 2022. (DTBC)
Unannounced sale to market (not listed in sales yet, possibly late 2022. (DTBC)
Sidekicks will be released in A Hero Of A Different Stripe, Feb 2023. (DTBC)
Total Immersion will be released in The Society of Misfit Stories, June 2023. (DTBC)
A Monster Under Every Bed will be released in It Came From Under The Bed, 2023. (DTBC)
Spun Yarn will be released in Bullet Points, 2023. (DTBC).
The Dragon Readers will be released in 99 Fleeting Fantasies, (DTBC).
Tuck & Roll will be released. (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.
Publication of Madam Midnight was pushed back due to illness of the Synthetic Reality Mag editor. That may be delayed by at least 2 months.
Seems like a few publications have been pushed back. No-one’s really talking to me.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote nothing this month. I wasn’t in a great headspace at all, if I am being honest with you. The start of the Submission Challenge felt like quite the struggle. It’s never felt like that before, so I don’t know what was going on. Normally I feel enthused to get stuff out, not this time around, for whatever reason. Low brain chemicals, lack of desire, low money, SFWA membership expiring, an on-going feeling of what the fuck am I even doing.

September 2022 Submission Challenge

7 Aug

Here is the market list. Any bracketed notes are relevant to the preceeding market. If it’s open all Sept, if it can’t be bumped, if it can’t currently be confirmed as open.

This list may be subject to change from now until August 31st. I’ll try not to change it too much but I will perform a 2nd check in about 2 weeks just to ensure everywhere is open.

Basic Rules
Submit 1 story to a paying market every day for a month. You don’t have to do this. If you don’t want to sub to a market for ANY reason, don’t. The every day rule is for me, unless you want the full experience.
Every market has been checked (and unless otherwise stated) and will be open on the day I’ve listed it.
As markets can and do close at short notice, I try to provide alternates. That’s not always possible for every day of the month so I’ve noted which markets can potentially be used any day.

There is the additional market list under the main one, these are there in case you want to sub somewhere else, but I don’t guarentee these as open, merely paying.

Basic Advice
Read the guidelines ahead of time. Ideally have all your stories ready before Sept 1st, all formatted & ready to submit. The reason I post the list early is to give you the time to select the right story for each market. You’ve got 3 weeks. Plenty of time.

Basic Expectations
Failure, and nothing. Expect a lot of rejections, that’s part of what this challenge is for, get you used to subbing, having to do stuff at short notice and dealing with failure on a regular basis. There are no sure things. While we’ve had sales (which include at least 1 pro sale), like life, nothing is certain.

I’ve removed the hard part of submissions, finding the markets. Merely select a story, and sub it.
And of course, good luck!
If you feel moved to blog your experience during or after the fact, do drop a link in the comment below, I always enjoy reading about other people’s experiences of the challenge.
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01 – Split Lip https://splitlipthemag.com/submit OR Dark Recesses https://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/
02 – Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
03 – Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/ OR The Dread Machine https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
04 – Andromeda Spaceways https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/#fiction [open all Sept]
05 – Taco Bell Quarterly https://tacobellquarterly.org/submission-guidelines/ OR Interzone https://interzone.press/submissions/
06 – Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html OR Flash Point SF https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/
07 – Asimov’s https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ OR Tiny Tales Podcast https://www.tinytalespodcast.com/submissions [DO NOT BUMP]
08 – Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ OR Fractured Lit (Flash/Micro) https://fracturedlit.com/submit/
09 – Starship Sofa http://www.starshipsofa.com/submissions/ OR Tales From The Radiator https://strongbranchproductions.com/tales-from-the-radiator/ [Open all Sept]
10 – Neon Mag (Machines Theme) https://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/guidelines/ [Open all Sept] OR Archive Of The Odd https://archiveoftheodd.wordpress.com/submissions/ [Not confirmed open]
11 – Shoreline Of Infinity http://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/submissions/ OR Whetstone https://whetstonemag.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html [Can’t be bumped]
12 – World Unknown Review https://lsengler.wordpress.com/submissions/
13 – Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html OR The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
14 – Penumbric https://www.penumbric.com/subs.html [Don’t bump beyond 15th]
15 – Riddlebird https://www.riddlebird.com/submission-guidelines OR Flash Frog https://flash-frog.com/submit/
16 – Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
17 – Cutleaf Journal https://cutleafjournal.com/submit/ OR Etherea Mag https://ethereamagazine.com/submissions/
18 – Pyre Magazine https://www.pyremagazine.com/submissions [Don’t bump!] OR Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines
19 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html OR Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/ [Open ALL Sept]
20 – Kaleidotrope https://kaleidotrope.net/guidelines/ [Open ALL Sept]
21 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm OR Hexagon Magazine https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/
22 – Translunar Travelers Lounge https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/ [Open here for rest of month] OR Dreamforge https://dreamforgemagazine.com/call-for-submissions/
23 – Mythulu (Symbiosis) https://mythulu.submittable.com/submit OR Crack In The Code (Mocha Memoirs) https://mochamemoirspress.com/write-for-us/
24 – Bump In The Night (Timber Ghost Press) https://www.timberghostpress.com/submissions.html
25 – The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
26 – Nightmare Magazine https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/nightmare/guidelines OR Seize The Press [Open ALL Sept] https://www.seizethepress.com/submissions/
27 – Weird Horror Magazine https://undertowpublications.com/weird-horror-magazine [Open ALL Sept] OR tdotSpec (SF Tarot) http://tdotspec.com/submissions/
28 – Radon Journal https://www.radonjournal.com/submit [Open ALL YEAR]
29 – Interzone Digital https://interzone.digital/submissions/
30 – Planet Scumm https://www.planetscumm.space/submit [Open ALL Sept] OR Chestnut Review FLASH ONLY https://chestnutreview.com/submissions/ OR NewMyths (but not for me) https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2

NOT CONFIRMED OPEN. MERELY ALTERNATE MARKETS WHICH MAY BE OPEN & DO PAY.
34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/
Allegory https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions
Amazing Stories https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Anotherealm http://anotherealm.com/faq/submit.php
Apex Magazine https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Apparition Lit https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/
Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
Centropic Oracle http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php
Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
Cosmic Horror Monthly https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
Cossmass Infinities https://www.cossmass.com/submit/
Dark Void Mag https://darkvoidmagazine.com/submissionguidelines
Dose Of Dread 1k flash, horror https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#dose-jump
Giganotosaurus http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions
Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
Mythaxis https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html
Mythic Magazine https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions
One Story https://one-story.com/write/submit-a-story/
Sci Phi Journal https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/
Strange Horizons http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
Tales from the Moonlit Path http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/
The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/
The Dark City http://www.thedarkcitymysterymagazine.com/submissions.html
The Mesozoic Reader https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/mesozoic-reader/
The No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions
The Other Stories https://theotherstories.net/submissions
The Periodical, Forlorn https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines
Tree And Stone https://www.tree-and-stone.com/submissions
Underland Arcana https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/
Unnerving Magazine https://www.unnervingbooks.com/submissions

May ’22 Submission Challenge Round-up

1 Jun

I started this blog with the full intention of talking about as much of what I was doing as possible. Severe motivation issues kicked in around the middle of the month so I apologise if the entries aren’t as verbose later on. Blame the brain chemicals.

May 1st – Egress to Dark Matter Mag & Handyman to Planet Scumm. I had planned to sub to Space Fantasy Magazine today as well but as they are open all month I’m going to hold that story back in case any markets happen to close early, later on in the month. EDIT:-You Are Needed On The Bridge to Split Lip Magazine. I snuck this one in towards the end of the day as free spots to sub were limited. 3 stories subbed today. 0 rejections.
No=113, Yes=6, Subbed=122. On Hold=2.

May 2nd – Pick A Witch to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores & A God’s Day Off to SmokeLong Quarterly. I had got up super early to sub to Galaxy’s Edge, hoping they’d open midnight local their time, but that didn’t happen. They still weren’t open later the same day so I’ll keep checking in there every other hour. If I don’t get in today, I’ll try next Monday with the same story. 2 stories subbed today. 0 rejections.
I did get a rejection. No on Making The Grade from Mythaxis Mag. It’s not challenge related so I wont be adding it to the daily stats, only the yearly ones listed below.
No=114, Yes=6, Subbed=124. On Hold=2.

May 3rd – Egress to Clarkesworld & A Journey, Of Sorts to Split Lip Anniversary. I had Timber Ghost selected as 2nd market for today but they were not open for whatever reason. Galaxy’s Edge didn’t open yesterday at all, in the end. 2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No on May Day from Uncharted Magazine. It’s not challenge related so I wont be adding it to the daily stats, only the yearly ones listed below.
No=115, Yes=6, Subbed=126. On Hold=2.

May 4th – Happy Star Wars day! The Big Three to James Gunn’s Ad Astra & Ballroom to FFO. No on A God’s Day Off from SmokeLong, 1st rejection of a challenge story. I know the official list said Interzone Digital today but I did some shifting around for my personal list. It’s my challenge, I’ll sub where I want when I want. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=116, Yes=6, Subbed=128. On Hold=2.

May 5th – This 1st one sneaked in just before midnight but I couldn’t complete the log to get it in quick enough so today it is! No on Egress from Clarkesworld. Just one market today. Wedded Bliss to Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. 1 story subbed. 1 rejection.
No=117, Yes=6, Subbed=129. On Hold=2.

May 6th – No on Egress from Dark Matter Magazine & no on Muse from CatsCast. Only Egress is challenge related, Muse was a reprint subbed back in February.
One Night Stand to Allegory & Debrief to Alan Squire Publishing Anthology. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=119, Yes=6, Subbed=131. On Hold=2.

May 7th – 1st week done and dusted. You Never Forget Your First Giant Laser to Factor Four Mag & Dear Transnational Death Tank Company to The Bureau Dispatch. Had to quickly select a new story for Factor Four as the one I’d picked was too long. 2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=119, Yes=6, Subbed=133. On Hold=3.

May 8th – No on The Death Of Tony Fashion from GONE. That was from April, they said really nice things about the story. Today was supposed to be Interzone & Ring Of Fire, but I chose to bump them later down the month. I spotted a couple of other markets late last night & subbed to those today as well.
Mother Knows Best to Interzone Digital, The Haunted Spaceship to LOTF Space Horror & Once, A Humble Bard to Old Moon. 3 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=120, Yes=6, Subbed=136. On Hold=3.

May 9th – SALE! 1st sale of the challenge! A Fine Body was sold to The Lorelei Signal, subbed back during the January event.
Pen Pals From The Abyss to Mother; Tales of Love and Terror & Thirty-Eight Days In An Electric Tyrannosaur to Asimov’s. No on You Are Needed On The Bridge from Split Lip. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection. 1 acceptance.
No=121, Yes=6, Subbed=138. On Hold=3.

May 10th – Cell 115 to Dark Void Magazine & How Do You Get To Memory Lane to Flash Frog.
No on Handyman from Planet Scumm. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection. 1 acceptance.
No=122, Yes=6, Subbed=140. On Hold=3.

May 11th -No on The Magician from Wyldblood Magazine. Not a challenge related sub.
… Made For Two to Electric Spec & I Made A New Friend Today to Dread Imaginings. 2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=123, Yes=6, Subbed=142. On Hold=3.

May 12th – No on Volunteer To Be A Martyr from Proton Reader.
I added an extra market & subbed to Clarkesworld today because my 7 day cool-off was done.
I Screamed Into The Cosmic Void And All I Got Was A Lousy T-shirt to The Future Fire & A Head Of Steam to Clarkesworld. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection. I have to count this because it was from the last challenge & I counted that acceptance which was too.
No=124, Yes=7, Subbed=144. On Hold=3.

May 13th – No on A Head Of Steam from Clarkesworld & on How Do You Get to Memory Lane? from Flash Frog.
Befriend a Robot to Three-Lobed Burning Eye & Ask For Slim to The Mods. 2 stories subbed. 2 rejections.
No=126, Yes=7, Subbed=146. On Hold=3.

May 14th – Todays markets were The Arcanist or World Unknown Review. Arcanist was closed, I wasn’t enthralled by the idea of a market open to any genre so I passed on WUR. Instead I chose to use Space Fantasy Magazine.
No on The Bounty from The Quiet Ones & Lost Souls from Best of British Science Fiction Anthology Series. This is a non-challenge related rejection. No on Pick A Witch from Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores.
Bindlestiffs to Space Fantasy Magazine. 1 story subbed. 1 rejection.
No=129, Yes=7, Subbed=147. On Hold=3.

May 15th – The Age Of Chivalry to The Lorelei Signal. No on Taken By The Squads from F&SF. Not a challenge related rejection.
1 story subbed. 0 rejections.
No=130, Yes=7, Subbed=148. On Hold=4.

May 16th – Death Cache Trial to Metaphorosis & Dungeons, No Dragons to Uncanny. No on Mother Knows Best from Interzone Digital.
2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=131, Yes=7, Subbed=150. On Hold=4.

May 17th – No on Befriend A Robot from Three-Lobed Burning Eye & on Bindlestiffs from Space Fantasy Mag. No on Death Cache Trial from Metaphorosis. Ask For Slim was withdrawn from The Mods.
Where Have All The Dragons Gone? to Flash Point SF. 1 story subbed. 3 rejections. 1 withdrawal, because Ask For Slim was sold to HyphenPunk.
No=135, Yes=7, Subbed=151. On Hold=3.

May 18th – A God’s Day Off to Fractured Lit & Wizard Of The Day to Swords and Sorceries Anthology Series.
No on The Trouble With Being A Sword Of Truth… from Lightspeed. Not a challenge related rejection.
2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=136, Yes=7, Subbed=152. On Hold=3.

May 19th – No on Fairy Tales, and Lies from Daikaijuzine. Not a challenge related submission.
Scenario Twelve to Bourbon Penn. 1 story subbed. 0 rejections.
No=137, Yes=7, Subbed=153. On Hold=2.

May 20th -Forged In Sunshine to Ring Of Fire & Things To Do When You’re Undead In Denver to The Vanishing Point.
2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=137, Yes=7, Subbed=155. On Hold=2.

May 21st – Encounter With The Priestess to The Dark. I couldn’t sub to F&SF today, I only recently had a story come back from there so 21 days certainly hadn’t passed.
1 story subbed. 0 rejections.
No=137, Yes=7, Subbed=156. On Hold=2.

May 22nd – No on Encounter With The Priestess from The Dark. 1 rejection. (which should have been logged yesterday but I couldn’t do the admin in the 1 minute I had left of the day.)
Hotel Oblivion to Apex Magazine. 1 story subbed. 1 rejection.
No=138, Yes=7, Subbed=157. On Hold=2.

May 23rd – No on Thirty-Eight Days In An Electric Tyrannosaur from Asimov’s.
11 Walls In The World to Orion’s Belt & Hostile Take-over to Tree And Stone. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=139, Yes=7, Subbed=159. On Hold=2.

May 24th – Hyperboy; Trinity to Escape Pod & Any Other Business to Dark Recesses (Print).
No on 11 Walls In The World from Orion’s Belt. Galaxy’s Edge opened at extremely short notice so I was on that quicker than a cat on a fucking laser pointer.
Fluid State subbed to Galaxy’s Edge.
A late no on One Night Stand from Allegory.
Appeared to be a personal rejection with feedback from their senior editor so that clearly got very close indeed. Certainly the furthest I have ever got there. 3 stories subbed. 2 rejections.
No=141, Yes=7, Subbed=162. On Hold=2.

May 25th – Ask For Slim has been sold to HyphenPunk.
A Monster Under Every Bed to IT CAME FROM UNDER THE BED & Surviving A Lock-in At The Bloodied Pheasant to Archive of the Odd. 2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
No=141, Yes=8, Subbed=164. On Hold=2.

May 26th – No on Ballroom from Flash Fiction Online. This arrived just before midnight on the 25th but I didn’t have time to process it then.
The Man Who Borrowed My Clock to The Colored Lens & Moon Walker to Etherea Magazine. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=142, Yes=8, Subbed=166. On Hold=2.

May 27th – Black City to Analog & Dear Transnational Death Tank Company to The Sprawl Mag. 2 stories subbed. 0 rejections.
Received a request to hold a challenge story until September, agreed to the hold. Choosing not to name the market so they don’t feel pressured to buy it. Positive comments, feels possible.
No=142, Yes=8, Subbed=168. On Hold=3.

May 28th – The War Machines to Utopia Science Fiction & Playing For Time to Uncharted Magazine. 2 stories subbed, 0 rejections.
No=142, Yes=8, Subbed=170. On Hold=3.

May 29th – Egress to The Dread Machine. I couldn’t sub to Freeze Frame as I still have a story there. I’d bumped Uncharted to tomorrow. 1 story subbed. 0 rejections.
No=142, Yes=8, Subbed=171. On Hold=3.

May 30th – Ahead Lies The Sign to Unnerving Magazine. Bards & Sages Quarterly was todays listed market but I already have something on hold there so didn’t want to push my luck
Ahead Lies The Sign was withdrawn from Unnerving Magazine as they weren’t officially open. Todays sub was made in good faith, believing they were open & all evidence said they were.
Until I got an automail saying they weren’t.
This will have to count as todays sub as I can’t find another open market. If you feel I cheated, say so.
Befriend A Robot subbed to Interzone Digital. Wasn’t about to lie down and just die like that so used IZD who are a reliable always open market.
No on Befriend A Robot from Interzone Digital. 2 stories subbed. 1 rejection.
No=143, Yes=8, Subbed=173. On Hold=3.

May 31st – Getting Back to The No Sleep Podcast. I had Dark City Mag & StarshipSofa down for subs but had nothing I hadn’t already sent to Dark City and had something had StarshipSofa anyway. 1 story subbed. 0 rejections.
No=143, Yes=8, Subbed=174. On Hold=3.

Totals – 56 stories subbed. 19 rejections. 2 acceptances. 1 withdrawal.
The 1 withdrawal was because a story which had sold was in submission elsewhere.
Happy with the amount submitted considering several days I had to make only 1 sub because I had stuff at one or more of the listed or spare markets. Hopefully a few more of those 56 subs will result in sales.

May 2022 Submission Challenge

3 Mar

Listed below are the markets. Those labelled as such haven’t been confirmed as open, so are subject to change. As always, these markets may close for any reason between now and the end of May, so you’ll need to check they are still open BEFORE submitting there. I’ve provided the main list, and a bunch of spares who are know paying genre markets but who aren’t confirmed as open during May. Use those at your own risk or discretion!

Those new to the challenge, the rules are simple. Submit at least 1 story every day to a paying market for a month. This is my challenge. You can interpret the challenge however you wish. Do the whole month, do a few dozen, do it for a week, only sub to 1. Do sub to at least 1, otherwise it’s not much of a challenge, is it?

The idea is to get you used to submitting a lot, on a regular basis. You learn how to deal with pressure, unexpected challenges and lots of rejection. Trust me, there’ll be plenty, but we have had lots of success too! I’ve made at least 1 pro sale from this event & plenty of semi-pro sales too. Pretty much everyone who ever took part has reported at least 1 sale from these markets.

All I ask is you tweet the link to these markets (or put them on other social media) crediting me as the source. I put a lot of hard work into selecting & checking these links, getting 31+ markets for a month doesn’t happen overnight!

You can keep in touch with me @RayDaleyWriter & I’d love to hear how your month goes if you decide to blog or vlog about it in the future. Feel free to drop me a link in the comments when we’re done. You can also join our private Facebook groups where I sometimes share the latest links I haven’t put here for various reasons. You too could be enjoying links the regular humans don’t have access too, hit me up!

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01 Planet Scumm https://www.planetscumm.space/submit OR Galaxy’s Edge http://www.galaxysedge.com/submissions/
02 Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/ OR Enchanted Conversation (weather theme) https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/p/submissions.html?m=1
03 Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
04 Interzone Digital https://interzone.digital/submissions/
05 Andromeda Spaceways https://andromedaspaceways.com/submissions-manager/#fiction
06 Allegory https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions
07 Factor Four Magazine https://factorfourmag.com/submissionsinfo/ (not confirmed open) or Nature: Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/
08 Ring Of Fire (Wolfsinger) https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/ring-of-fire-guidelines
09 Asimov’s https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
10 Dark Void Mag https://darkvoidmagazine.com/submissionguidelines
11 Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
12 The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html OR Page & Spine https://pagespineficshowcase.com/submissions–supporters.html
13 Three-lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
14 The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/ OR World Unknown Review https://lsengler.wordpress.com/submissions/
15 The Lorelei Signal https://www.loreleisignal.com/Guidelines.html OR Ring Of Fire Anthology (Wolfsinger) https://www.wolfsingerpubs.com/ring-of-fire-guidelines
16 Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
17 Flash Point SF https://flashpointsf.com/submissions/
18 Fractured Lit (Flash/Micro) https://fracturedlit.com/submit/
19 Bourbon Penn https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions
20 Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
21 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
22 Apex Magazine https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/
23 Orion’s Belt https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions
24 Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/
25 Starship Sofa http://www.starshipsofa.com/submissions/ OR Archive Of The Odd https://archiveoftheodd.wordpress.com/submissions/
26 The Colored Lens http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/ OR Etherea Mag https://ethereamagazine.com/submissions/
27 Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
28 Utopia SF https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/submit
29 Freeze Frame Fiction https://freezeframefiction.com/write/submission-guidelines-faq/
30 Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
31 The No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions OR Pseudopod (Reprints Only!) http://pseudopod.org/submissions/

NOT CONFIRMED OPEN. MERELY ALTERNATE MARKETS WHICH MAY BE OPEN & DO PAY.

34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/
Allegory https://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions
Amazing Stories https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Anotherealm http://anotherealm.com/faq/submit.php
Apparition Lit https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/
Centropic Oracle http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php
Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
Cosmic Horror Monthly https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
Cossmass Infinities https://www.cossmass.com/submit/
Dark Recesses https://darkrecessespress.com/?page_id=29
Dose Of Dread 1k flash, horror https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#dose-jump
Dread Machine https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines
Giganotosaurus http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Hexagon Magazine https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/
Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions
Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
Mythaxis https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html
Mythic Magazine https://www.mythicmag.com/p/submissions.html
Newmyths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2
Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions
Penumbric https://www.penumbric.com/subs.html
Sci Phi Journal or Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
Strange Horizons http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
Tales from the Moonlit Path http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/
The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
The Mesozoic Reader https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/mesozoic-reader/
The Other Stories https://theotherstories.net/submissions
The Periodical, Forlorn https://www.periodicalforlorn.com/submission-guidelines
The Weird And Whatnot https://www.theweirdandwhatnot.com/submit
Translunar Travelers Lounge https://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/

Jan ’22 Submission Challenge Round-up

1 Feb

Jan 01 – While I was all set to sub to Fantasy magazine, a quick scan of their guidelines say they’re only open to BIPOC authors this subs period. So I had to switch to my alt markets.
King Of The Mountain went to Clarkesworld. No clue how that’ll land there, Neil is so vague with his “What do you write?” feedback.
The Concentration Camp went to Galaxy’s Edge. It’s good to see them bounce back after Mike’s sad passing recently. Let us send them the best SF to honour his memory.
Subs made=2. Rejections=0. On Hold=4.

Jan 02 – Mission 334; Mannequin World subbed to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop subbed to SFS Stories. I did have a 3rd market for today – Flash Point SF, but they are currently closed until Jan 15th, so I’ll be subbing there later in the month. This helps me a lot, some of the mid-month markets might turn out to be non-starters as many haven’t answered back since the September challenge. It’ll be helpful to have a spare to use when I need it.
Todays rejection came from The Arcanist, on Dream Journal #4. This was actually received in December but due to my terrible memory, I forgot to log it then, so I’ve logged it now.
Subs made=4. Rejections=1. On Hold=4.

Jan 03 – A Fragile Reality subbed to Seize The Press. I did have plans to also sub to Compelling SF but despite the fact the Flametree newsletter said they’d be open, their editor said otherwise. It would have been nice of him to say something on the subs page instead of the main page of the site. Nothing from this round has been rejected yet, I’m always of the mind, the longer they take to decide, the less chance it’s getting rejected. Although that’s one of the several million lies writers tell themselves.
EDIT, SEVERAL HOURS LATER:- After a ton of faffing about, trying to get the correct information, Sixteen Tons was subbed to Compelling Science Fiction Short Stories.
EDIT, EVEN LATER:-Got a rejection from Cosmic Roots on Mission 334; Mannequin World.
Subs made=6. Rejections=2. On Hold=4.

Jan 04 – A rejection from Clarkesworld on King Of The Mountain. No feedback because Clarkesworld just don’t. And now a 7 day wait before I can sub again there. Which I will, because I can.
Sent The Bounty to Apex Magazine & Escaping The System to Martian Magazine. No drama getting stuff out today, for the first time this year.
EDIT:-LATER THE SAME DAY… Got an email about a story being held for consideration, can’t say where yet.
EDIT, EVEN LATER:-And news just in, a rejection from Barrelhouse Cryptozoology on A Pale Imitation.
Subs made=8, Rejections=4, On hold=5.

Jan 05 – Sent Father, Are You Sleeping? to Dark Recesses (Online). I realised when I sent that I’d subbed my other story there to the wrong place. Still, it’s logged now. And sold.
Also sent The Suicide Drive to Micro Madness. No sales or acceptances yet, this year. So far, just rejections and submissions.
Subs made=10, Rejections=4, On hold=5.

Jan 06 – Just the one sub going out today. I’ve got spares but I am saving those for some of the more possibly awkward days in the middle of the month. Egg Witch went to Three-Lobed Burning Eye.
EDIT:- A rejection from from PodCastle on Dungeons, No Dragons. It’s not challenge related, that was sent in November but as it arrived now, it gets logged now.
Subs made=11, Rejections=5, On hold=5.

Jan 07 – Again, just a single submission today, same reason as yesterday. Handyman went to Electric Spec.
EDIT:- A rejection also arrived, from Felis Futura: An Anthology of Future Cats on Muse.
Subs made=12, Rejections=6, On hold=5.

Jan 08 – Quite a late set of subs today as I was with my writers group for a few hours actually writing stuff! First sub was supposed to be going to Rockets and Robots, after reading their guidelines for R rated stories, I felt what I had selected was a little too adult in the themes.
Sent Feeding Time to Spring Into SciFi.
I wanted to sub to Flame Tree’s Christmas Gothic call, but my story wasn’t long enough and I didn’t feel I could stretch it much longer than it already was.
Subs made=13, Rejections=6, On hold=5.

Jan 09 – A couple of nice easy subs today. The Recently Declassified History Of South Bend Flight School to Sci Phi Journal. They’ve switched from email to using Duosoma, where I already had an account so that was fairly simple for me to get that sent off. Also subbed In The Natural Language Processing Station to Daily Science Fiction. Another fairly easy sub, the minor matter of running the text through a diacritics remover then pasting it into the box.
Subs made=15, Rejections=6, On hold=5.

Jan 10 – My first sub, to Apparition Lit got thrown out the moment I saw their twitter feed today. It’s not merely a themed call, but they’d also put up a picture. Obviously my pre-selected flash piece had no chance of fitting that, so no sub there. They are coming close to making my shit list, if I’m being honest.
I sent Get Me To The Church to Asimov’s. Also had Andromeda Spaceways as a spare market so I sent them Wizard Of The Day. I wasn’t sure when they were closing so thought I’d get one in there as quickly as possible. ASM are one of my dream markets, so never pass up a chance to sub there.
EDIT:-Got a rejection from No from Apex Mag on The Bounty.
EDIT, LATER:-A rejection from SFS Stories on Edgar’s Spaceboot Shop. The Hauntings came back from The Periodical, Forlorn as they’ve cancelled that project. It’s not a rejection so I’m not logging it as such.
Subs made=17, Rejections=8, On hold=5.

Jan 11 – A nice easy day today. I sent Meat Is Murder to Penumbric & This Is Not A Side Quest to Clarkesworld. I had to have a quick goosey to see what else than SF they took, and it said fantasy so I said why the fuck not and punted that out to them.
EDIT:-I also got a rejection from Seize The Press on A Fragile Reality, later in the evening.
Probably my last sub there as I don’t have anything else like that & don’t generally write it often either.
Subs made=19, Rejections=9, On hold=5.

Jan 12 – No from Factor Four on I Screamed Into The Cosmic Void And All I Got Was A Lousy T-shirt. That was my final sub of 2021, not challenge related but (sing along if you know the words) as it came in now, it had to be logged.
Only sub of the day was The Doppleganger Exchange to Infinite Worlds. They don’t send out rejections so I marked the spreadsheet for when 90 days from today is. It’s in April, by the way.
EDIT:-Late evening rejection from Clarkesworld on This Is Not A Side Quest. I haven’t sent much fantasy there, so I’ll be trying them with more to see how it goes.
Subs made=20, Rejections=11, On hold=5.

Jan 13 – A few stories went out today, but we started with a rejection. No from Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction on Dear Toaster. They told me that made it to 2nd stage consideration. People are liking that story, but not enough to buy it. Got to look into what will make that last connection.
Sent One Night Stand to Radon Journal – They just got listed on the open calls Facebook page so will now get deludged with stuff so I figured I’d get in quick. Now I regret not subbing yesterday, like I was going to. Good intentions and all that jazz.
A Pale Imitation went to Splatter Ink Publishing; Cryptid Carnage. They’ve got a Facebook page but no website, very odd.
And finally I sent Method One to Analog.
Subs made=23, Rejections=12, On hold=5.

Jan 14 – An interesting day today. Facebook not wanting to load or taking forever or several refreshes. I was set to sub to Cosmic Horror Monthly but they haven’t replied to my last sub made almost a year ago, so nothing went there.
Lucky for me I’ve been accumulating spare markets so I sent Scenario Twelve to James Gunn’s Ad Astra.
EDIT, AFTER LOOKING INTO SOME SHIT:-I’ve Been Everywhere, Man was returned by Welkin Mag, as they closed.
As it’s not a rejection, my stats remain the same.
Subs made=24, Rejections=12, On hold=5.

Jan 15 – Just the one submission today, Dinner With A Dead Man to Fractured Lit. I also had Silver Blade as a market but they say you can’t sub there again within a year after being published there.
EDIT:- A rejection back from Cosmic Horror Monthly on A Monster Under Every Bed. Charles said I was okay to sub again right away so I sent The Concentration Camp to Cosmic Horror Monthly.
Subs made=26, Rejections=13, On hold=5.

Jan 16 – Another single sub today, I sent To My Amazement to Planet Scumm. Normally around this time of the month I’ve already made my 1st sale of the year. I can’t let that mindset pull me down, never assume sales are going to be made. That’s a sense of entitlement I seriously do not deserve. Yet. I’ll earn it the hard way though.
Subs made=27, Rejections=13, On hold=5.

Jan 17 – A bit of a busier day today. Started with a rejection from Martian Magazine on Escaping The System.
3 subs went out, eventually. Imogen Bleeds In A Paisley Beret to Anotherealm, Have You Seen The Lemon Tree to Flash Point SF. I was set to send out 2 today then had a quick look through who was open on the weekly Submission Grinder newsletter and ended up sending Fairytales, And Lies to Daikaijuzine.
Subs made=30, Rejections=14, On hold=5.

Jan 18 – Another market crapped out on me at super short notice today. Strange Horizons, who are already incredibly tough to break. Fortunately I was good for back-ups.
I sent Moon Walker to Bourbon Penn, I really do want to break them as their vibe very much resounds with me. Also sent Home Is Where The Heart Is to Tales from the Moonlit Path. It’s a theme of Bloody Valentine so I was thinking a vampire story might work there, especially that one.
Subs made=32, Rejections=14, On hold=5.

Jan 19 – Found a rejection which had fallen into my junk folder. No from Daily Science Fiction on In The Natural Language Processing Station, that was a bit of a shame, I was hoping they’d like that. Still, it means I can probably get a 2nd sub off to them before the end of the month.
I sent Loyalty Test to Interzone, I don’t think that’s been anywhere yet so it’ll be interesting finally testing the water. Dial Stuck On Summer went to Gwyllion Magazine, they are publishers of Welsh SF and I am half-Welsh so I qualify. I think my spleen is Welsh?
Subs made=34, Rejections=15, On hold=5.

Jan 20 – A bit of work today as I had some optional markets. First up, a rejection from Three-Lobed Burning Eye on Egg Witch. Bit of a shame that, I thought they’d like it enough to buy the samn thing, but apparently not.
How Do You Get To Memory Lane went to FFO, they were my main market for today. Also sent The Trouble With Being A Sword Of Truth… to Clarkesworld. I did have another market available but I’m saving them for tomorrow.
EDIT:-Got a rejection in the evening from Interzone on Loyalty Test. Andy is quick, honest & polite. I’ll probably try to get 1 more to him before the end of the month. Not sure how I’ll cope if he closes Interzone which I know is a possibility.
Subs made=36, Rejections=17, On hold=5.

Jan 21 – Busy enough day today, started out writing a story for 2hrs, from 1am to 3am. Decent sleep, just got my subs done. First, 2 rejections from Electric Spec on Handyman & Starward Shadows on Starliner Down. Starliner Down, they’d been holding it for over 200 days while making super encouraging noises, only to drop it now they’ve decided they aren’t doing quarterly issues due to money. I had the feeling that was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to take. Still, onwards and upwards.
A new story went out today, 11 Walls In The World to F&SF. As well as something I’ve been trying to sell for a while now, Death In Tunnel 3 to The Deadlands.
Subs made=38, Rejections=19, On hold=4.

Jan 22 – Short day today. Just the 1 sub, sent Volunteer To Be A Martyr to Proton Reader. I’m not sure if it’ll fit, but it was worth a punt.
Subs made=39, Rejections=19, On hold=4.

Jan 23 – Another quiet day. 1 rejection from Clarkesworld on The Trouble With Being A Sword Of Truth… I’ve got the room to get them 1 more sub this month if I want to. Not sure yet, we’ll see on the day, I guess?
And just the 1 submission too, Into The Labyrinth to Mythaxis.
Subs made=40, Rejections=20, On hold=4.

Jan 24 – Surprisingly enough, a 2nd quiet day for subs. I know it’s all coming at the end of the month, because that’s how I stacked it, when I was selecting my last 8 days.
Sent The Burning Towers to Metaphorosis.
Still no sales yet. I’ll admit, it’s quite disheartening, but have to keep telling myself I can’t expect sales, I have to earn them. I believe in the stories and am sure I’ve picked the right ones for each market. Things will turn around soon. Otherwise this is definitely the last year of the challenge.
Not as quiet as I’d have liked, got a rejection back from Metaphorosis on The Burning Towers.
I ardently dislike same day rejections but with certain markets you expect it.
Subs made=41, Rejections=21, On hold=4.

Jan 25 – These quieter days are starting to get to me. I need a lift, soon. Just the one sub today, I sent Sixteen Tons to Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. Had to make minor revisions to the story so it fitted their date criteria, but otherwise it was fine. Oh, and some reworks on the quoted lyric so it no longer has copyright isses for being a lyric. I changed it enough to be covered under fair use or parody, both of which are legal.
Subs made=42, Rejections=21, On hold=4.

Jan 26 – Another rejection today, a fairly quick one – from The Deadlands on Death In Tunnel 3.
Managed 2 subs today, sending Cell 115 to Not One of Us and after a bit of picking and choosing I sent Hush, Hush, The Princess Is Sleeping to Factor Four Mag.
A late evening rejection snuck in just before 10pm, that was a no from Tales from the Moonlit Path on Home is Where the Heart Is.
Subs made=44, Rejections=23, On hold=4.

Jan 27 – More going out today because I want to cover as many bases as possible this month, whether I make a sale or not. Field Motivator Unit 349 Joins The Townswomens Guild to The Arcanist – I like that story & hope it sells somewhere, Playing For Keeps to Craft Lit – that was an attempt to channel Ray Bradbury, it hasn’t been to many places so I’m curious to see how it fares & I sent Welcome To The Death Machine Factory Tour to Fantastic Other. That’s a new market with token pay but I’ll try anywhere if they are paying.
EDIT:- Made a teatime sub, Benchmark to Horror That Represents You. I wrote that sepcially for teh call, but it’s open enough to go to other SF & lit/spec markets if it craps out.
Subs made=48, Rejections=23, On hold=4.

Jan 28 – Quite late doing my subs today, almost teatime before I got done. Did a bit of shifting about, 3 went out today. I sent She, Of The Tribeless to The Future Fire, Wondershit to Daily Science Fiction & The Death Of A Secret Policeman to Interzone.
Subs made=51, Rejections=23, On hold=4.

Jan 29 – Just the one submission today, I sent The Payment Room to NewMyths.
It was supposed to be two but the other market isn’t open until Feb 1st, so that’s not happening.
Also got news from Dark Recesses Press that my story there made it through 1st stage reading to further consideration.
Subs made=52, Rejections=23, On hold=4.

Jan 30 – Another day where it was supposed to be 2 subs & ended up being 1. I sent A Fine Body to The Lorelei Signal. I had The Mesozioc Reader as my other market but they haven’t reopened again yet. I might still sub to either Clarkesworld or SFS Stories today. We’ll see, I guess? I’ve got a story to type up which I should have done yesterday and didn’t. Hopefully I’ll get that done too.
EDIT:- A series of late evening rejections all from the same place. No from ZNB Noir on Befriend a robot, ZNB Shattering the Glass Slipper on Life Is Grim & ZNB Brave New Worlds on Mission 334; Mannequin World.
Subs made=53, Rejections=26, On hold=4.

Jan 31 – A few more rejections today, from NewMyths on The Payment Room, Galaxy’s Edge on The Concentration Camp & Interzone on The Death Of A Secret Policeman. I forgot to log Interzone on the 29th so I’m logging it today, my bad, sorry. I got some really nice feedback from Galaxy’s Edge which made me feel a bit better.
I could have made 5 subs today but I went with 3, sending They Who Dare to Escape Pod, Empty Chest to 34 Orchard & I Dream Of Plastic to Electric Spec.
Subs made=56, Rejections=29, On hold=4.

Despite making no sales, it hasn’t been a bad month. I have to keep faith in the stories & that I chose the right ones for each market. Only time will tell.

So This Was 2021

1 Jan

2020=356 subs.
317 rejections.
16 acceptances.
18 pubs.
9 ISFDB credits.
54 stories written, 88,033 words.

2021=458 subs.
406 rejections.
22 acceptances.
25 pubs.
11 ISFDB credits.
75 stories written, 85,117 words.

75 stories and 1 poem (206 words).
flash 1k or lower-31 titles, 16,690 words
Over 1k-34 titles, 58,040 words
Stories sold of various lengths-11 titles, 10,181 words
85,117 words written this year. (Not including reviews or non-fiction publications.)

21 stories published. 4 non-fiction pieces published.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company sold to Utopia Science Fiction, Jan 14th 2021.
Rescue Me sold to Hireath Publishing, Jan 31st 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It sold to The Angry Noodle, Feb 23rd 2021. (1st non-fiction sale!)
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green sold to The Lorelei Signal, Mar 7th 2021.
Overground sold to COLP, Apr 5th 2021.
The Message sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 28th 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently sold to Sanitarium Magazine, Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle sold to Stupefying Stories, Jul 12th 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low sold to Silver Blade, Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
Party Of Five sold to The Lorelei Signal, Jul 26th 2021.
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb sold to Stupefying Stories, Jul 26th 2021.
The Office Girl sold to Executive Dread, Aug 22nd 2021.
Photo Sympathy sold to US/THEM, Sep 3rd 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION, Oct 6th 2021.
Call Back, Any Time! sold to Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, 27th Oct 2021.
Diversion To Fahla Bha’la sold to Dark Recesses Press, 3rd Nov 2021.
Hot Dust was accepted by Starry Eyed Press for their Space Treks Anthology, 6th Nov 2021.
To Have, And To Hold sold to Starward Shadows Quarterly, 25th Nov 2021.
Where They Fear To Tread sold to Jersey Pine Ink’s Trees Anthology, 6th Dec 2021.

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

There are currently 46 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, Jun 4th 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, Jun 7th 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter, Jun 25th 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, Jun 30th 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, Jul 4th, 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low was released at Silver Blade Magazine, Issue 50 – Summer 2021 Jul 15th 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, Jul 30th 2021. [Nonfiction]
Officer Down, Permanently was released at Sanitarium Issue #4, Aug 13th 2021.
Rescue Me was released in Shelter Of Daylight, Sept 24th 2021.
Party Of Five was released at The Lorelei Signal, Oct 4th 2021.
Photo Sympathy was released in US/THEM, Oct 30th 2021.
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb was released at Stupefying Stories, Nov 6th 2021.
All Clued Out was released in 34 Orchard, Issue 4, Autumn 2021, Nov 10th 2021.
The Office Girl was released in Executive Dread: Tales of Office Horror, Nov 11th 2021.
36 Hours In The Space Force was released in Tales From The Space Force, Nov 13th 2021.
Diversion To Fahla Bha’la was released at Dark Recesses Press, Dec 5th 2021.

LESSONS LEARNED:-

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

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, January 1st, 2022.
Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, January 31st, 2022. (DTBC).
Secret Project TBA, Spring 2022. (DTBC)
Where They Fear To Tread will be released in Jersey Pine Ink’s Trees Anthology, Summer 2022. (DTBC)
Call Back, Any Time! will be released in Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, 2022. (DTBC)
1 SALE TBA, PUBLISHING, Feb 2023. (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.
I’ve got 4 stories being held. I’m hoping a few manifest into sales.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 6 new stories & 1 poem this month, a total of 6416 words.
I did handwrite one story on December 31st, but as it hasn’t been typed up, it can’t be counted or classed as finished, but it exists.

Hot Dust didn’t come to fruition. Starry Eyed Press weren’t interested in having me take part in the edit process which I simply couldn’t allow so they cancelled the sale offer. If a market won’t allow you to be part of the edit process, say no to them, no matter how much money they are offering. Nothing is worth that.

In terms of purely getting stuff done, this has been my best year ever. Joined Codex, got permabanned. Joined SFWA. Still with them.

I’m not setting any New Years Resolutions for 2022 BUT… I would like to finish 26 stories I’ve never completed for whatever reason. They can be outlines, stuff I already started and ran out of steam on, but that’s the target. And it’s my only target.

So This Was October 2021

1 Nov

I’ve made 420 new submissions. 358 rejections. 17 acceptances, and 2 more still awaiting permission to announce.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

Letters From The Phased Photonic Travel Company sold to Utopia Science Fiction, Jan 14th 2021.
Rescue Me sold to Hireath Publishing, Jan 31st, 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It sold to The Angry Noodle, Feb 23rd 2021. (1st non-fiction sale!)
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green sold to The Lorelei Signal, Mar 7th 2021.
Overground sold to COLP, Apr 5th 2021.
The Message sold to Stupefying Stories, Apr 28th 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams sold to Stupefying Stories, May 23rd 2021.
For Sale; Used Time Machine. No Refunds! sold to Stupefying Stories, Jun 1st 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme sold to Flash In A Flash, Jun 20th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently sold to Sanitarium Magazine, Jul 2nd 2021.
Too Hot To Handle sold to Stupefying Stories. Jul 12th 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low sold to Silver Blade, Jul 15th 2021.
A Life Of Mystery sold to 34 Orchard, Jul 18th 2021.
Party Of Five sold to The Lorelei Signal, Jul 26th 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION. Jul 26th 2021.
The Office Girl sold to Executive Dread, Aug 22nd 2021.
Photo Sympathy sold to US/THEM, Sep 3rd 2021.
1 SALE TBA, AWAITING PERMISSION, Oct 6th 2021.
Call Back, Any Time! sold to Grandpa’s Deep-Space Diner, 27th Oct 2021.

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

There are currently 63 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

Lost Souls was released at Daily Science Fiction, Jan 27th 2021.
Grandmothers Shoes was released at Bards And Sages Quarterly, April issue, Mar 30th 2021.
Overground was released in COLP:Underground, May 23rd 2021.
Fixing Broken Dreams was released at Stupefying Stories, May 28th, 2021.
The Message was released at Stupefying Stories, June 4th, 2021.
For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds! was released at Stupefying Stories, June 7th, 2021.
The Witless Protection Scheme was released at Flash In A Flash newsletter,June 25th, 2021.
Letters From the Phased Photonic Travel Company was released at Utopia Science Fiction, Vol 2, Issue 6, June 30th, 2021.
Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green was released at The Lorelei Signal, July 4th, 2021.
Fair King, Fell Low was released at Silver Blade Magazine, Issue 50 – Summer 2021, July 15th, 2021.
Too Hot To Handle was released at Stupefying Stories, Jul 29th 2021.
Philip K. Dick Does It was released at The Angry Noodle, July 30th 2021.
Officer Down, Permanently was released at Sanitarium Issue #4, August 13th, 2021.
Rescue Me was released in Shelter Of Daylight, September 24th, 2021.
Party Of Five was released at The Lorelei Signal, October 4th 2021.
Photo Sympathy was released in US/THEM, October 30th 2021.

LESSONS LEARNED:-

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

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Tuck & Roll will be released in Automobilia, (DTBC).
A Life Of Mystery (now renamed All Clued Out) will be released at 34 Orchard, 11th November 2021.
The Office Girl will be released in Executive Dread. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 15th-19th December 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room will be released at Abyss & Apex, Jan 2022. (DTBC)
1 SALE, PUBLISHING (DTBC).
1 SALE, PUBLISHING, Feb 2023. (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.
I’ve got some stuff being held, obviously I can’t say what or where. I’m hoping a few manifest into sales.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I wrote 4 new stories this month, a total of 5085 words. I’ve put the market list out for January’s challenge.
I’m doing NaNoWriMo but rebelling with short stories, nothing crazy, aiming at 15-18 stories & 20-25k.
I am also now doing weekly reviews for Stupefying Stories.
Automobilia doesn’t appear to be officially for sale yet, there is no price or ISBN details or links to where people can buy it.
I’ll hopefully be submitting some stories to various Years Best genre anthologies this month.

January 2022 Submission Challenge Market List

23 Oct

If you’re new to my challenge, welcome. Otherwise, welcome back.

So what’s this all about?

3 times each year, I make a list of paying markets for short form genre fiction which covers science fiction, fantasy, horror and literary fiction.
I challenge you, as well as myself, to submit to as many of these markets as you can over the course of January 2022.
For me, the challenge is to sub to all of them. For you, it’s to sub to as many as you feel you can, or wish to see your work at.

There’s a decent mixture, pro markets, semi-pro, paying and token, but all these markets do pay something. We’ve had success before, most people who’ve previously taken part in past years have made sales, I myself made my 1st standalone pro sale from the event to Daily Science Fiction.

All you need are the stories, proofed and ready to be sent out. Of course, you need to read the guidelines for whichever markets you choose to submit your work to and format them accordingly.

So what’s this all for?

The event is about getting skills vital to becoming a better author. Learning the submission process, handling rejection, using feedback & flexibility being able to sub to a new market with almost no notice. These are all good skills which will serve you well as a jobbing writer in the submission trenches. I’m in the exact same position as you, trying to sell my work, competing with my peers, getting rejections and making a sale here and there. The only different between you and me, I’m the one creating these lists every few months, and you’re getting all that hard work done for you.

If you want to use these markets, please do. I encourage any short fic writers to take part, the most common thing I hear on Twitter is “Where can I find places to sell my work?” What I’ve done here is answer that question for you. All I ask is for support, that you acknowledge you used this list and to promote the challenge on social media if you think it’d interest writers you know.

If you also enjoy the process, I’d love to hear you blog about your experience after the fact.

Be aware, availability may change between now and January. The onus is on you to check they are still open. I will update this list between now & then, you can follow me on Twitter @RayDaleyWriter or get in touch with me to join our private Facebook group where we often share extra links not posted here.

So without any further ado, here is the list of markets. Confirmed open & paying by me, on this day 23rd October ’21. EDIT:- Minor changes have been made, some markets moved about. 23rd Nov ’21.
2nd EDIT:- Mythic removed as they have closed forever, Interzone moved. Compelling now confirmed as open/paying. The Overcast were removed, they are also closing forever. I’ve moved Infinite Worlds to that empty spot. 22nd Dec ’21

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01 Fantasy Magazine (short & long form) https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines OR Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
02 Cosmic Root & Eldritch Shores https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com/submissions/
03 Seize The Press https://twitter.com/SeizePress/status/1471260798303485966 OR Compelling SF Compelling Science Fiction http://compellingsciencefiction.com/guidelines.html
04 Apex Magazine https://apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/
05 Dark Recesses https://darkrecessespress.com/submissions/ OR Micro Madness https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/micro-madness/
06 Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
07 Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
08 Rockets & Robots/Beware The Bugs/Paradoxical Pets http://www.jamesmaxey.net/word-balloon-book-anthologies.html OR Spring Into SciFi https://www.cloakedpress.com/springscifi/
09 Sci Phi Journal https://www.sciphijournal.org/index.php/submission-guidelines/ OR Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
10 Asimov’s https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ OR Apparition Lit https://apparitionlit.com/submissions/
11 Penumbric https://www.penumbric.com/subs.html
12 Infinite Worlds https://www.infiniteworldsmagazine.com/submissions OR Dread Stone Press (Dose Of Dread) 1k flash, horror https://dreadstonepress.com/submissions/#dose-jump
13 Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/ OR Cryptid Carnage https://horrortree.com/taking-submissions-cryptid-carnage-early-listing/
14 Cosmic Horror Monthly https://www.cosmichorrormonthly.com/submissions/
15 Fractured Literary https://fracturedlit.com/submit/ or Silver Blade https://www.silverblade.net/submissions-2/
16 Welkin Lit https://welkinmag.com/submit/ OR Planet Scumm https://www.planetscumm.space/submit
17 Anotherealm http://anotherealm.com/faq/submit.php
18 Strange Horizons (before 4pm GMT) http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
19 Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/
20 Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
21 F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
22 The Other Stories (Metamorphosis theme) https://theotherstories.net/submissions
23 Mythaxis https://mythaxis.co.uk/submissions.html
24 Metaphorosis https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
25 Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines OR The Society Of Misfit Toys (same link)
26 Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
27 The Arcanist https://thearcanist.io/tag/submission-guidelines/ OR CRAFT Lit https://www.craftliterary.com/submit/
28 The Future Fire http://futurefire.net/guidelines/fiction.html
29 Newmyths https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-home/submissions
30 The Mesozoic Reader https://farthertrees.wordpress.com/mesozoic-reader/ OR The Lorelei Signal https://www.loreleisignal.com/Guidelines.html
31 Escape Pod https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction/ OR 34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/
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NOTHING BELOW HERE IS CONFIRMED OPEN. THESE ARE MERELY SUGGESTED ALTERNATE MARKETS WHICH MAY BE OPEN & DO PAY.
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The Deadlands https://thedeadlands.com/guidelines/ (Possibly Jan 20th?)
Bourbon Penn https://www.bourbonpenn.com/submissions
The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Tales from the Moonlit Path http://talesmoonlitpath.com/submissions/
Dread Machine https://www.thedreadmachine.com/submit/
Dream Of Shadows https://www.dreamofshadows.co.uk/submission-guidelines
Amazing Stories https://submission.amazingstoriesmag.com/guidelines/
Giganotosaurus http://giganotosaurus.org/submission-guidelines/
Nature: Futures http://blogs.nature.com/futureconditional/2015/04/19/how-to-write-for-nature-futures/
Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
Centropic Oracle http://www.centropicoracle.com/mainpages/subguide.php
Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
The Weird And Whatnot https://www.theweirdandwhatnot.com/submit
Hexagon Magazine https://hexagonmagazine.ca/submit/
Underland Arcana https://www.underlandarcana.com/submissions/
The Colored Lens http://thecoloredlens.com/?page_id=8/
No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions
James Gunn’s Ad Astra http://www.adastrasf.com/submissions/short-fiction-submission-guidelines/
Flash Frog https://flash-frog.com/submit/
Wyldblood Magazine https://wyldblood.com/submissions-2/
SmokeLong Quarterly https://www.smokelong.com/guidelines/