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SFWA Short Story Market List

20 Nov

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

Why Rejections Aren’t A Bad Thing

9 Nov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schrodingers Rejection, if you like.

And you should like!

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

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

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

Also learn from what else is said in a rejection.

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

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

So rejections can turn into acceptances and sales.

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

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

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

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

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

October 2020 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Nov

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Also. Checked rates. SECOND PRO SALE!


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

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

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


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

Received my contributor copy of Ghostlight Magazine today.

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

So this was October 2020

1 Nov

I’ve made 293 new submissions. 249 rejections. 14 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, 21st July, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, 26th July, 2020.
Lost Souls sold to Daily Science Fiction, 30th August, 2020. (1st Pro Sale!)
And The Lord Taketh Away sold to The Colored Lens, 2nd September, 2020.
Grandmothers Shoes sold to Bards And Sages Quarterly, 16th September, 2020.
Stranding Room Only sold to Abyss & Apex, 3rd October, 2020.

There are currently 42 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. 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. 1st June, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby (Bairn 93). 30th June, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft. The Angry Noodle (formerly Satyr Central). August 12th, 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.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force – the expected release for this is before Xmas 2020. (DTBC)
Lost Souls will be released in Daily Science Fiction, currently no date known on this, sorry. (DTBC)
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, April, 2021. (DTBC)
Stranding Room Only will be released in Abyss & Apex, 1st January, 2022.

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

2 stories out from the January Submission Challenge are still out. There are also still 3 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! One of those is going to be on hold a while longer, thanks to COVID issues.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going, at this point, I expect death before publication.

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

The 2nd month of the year long subs challenge is now over. Only 10 more to go.

On my 1st Revise & Resubmit

4 Oct

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I addressed those points, and IT STILL GOT REJECTED.

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

September 2020 Submission Challenge Summary

1 Oct

1 September
Todays Admin:- Dear Transnational Death Tank Company to F&SF.
No=205, Yes=11, Sub=232, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=0, Yes=0, Sub=1.

I had Uncanny & Cosmic Roots listed for today, had to bump F&SF up as they both still have pieces & don’t allow multiple subs there. Fortunately I just spotted Podcastle are open all month as a fall back market.

A new story live today!


2 September
Todays Admin:- The Adventures Of The Amazing Jill, And Otter Bob to Clarkesworld.
No=205, Yes=11, Sub=233, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=0, Yes=0, Sub=2.

Sale! 12th acceptance of the year. Details who & what when I’m allowed.


3 September
Todays Admin:- The Dive to Interzone.
No=205, Yes=11, Sub=234, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=0, Yes=0, Sub=3.

More Admin:- No from Interzone on The Dive.
No=206, Yes=11, Sub=234, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=1, Yes=0, Sub=3.

More Admin:- No from Clarkesworld on The Adventures Of The Amazing Jill, And Otter Bob.
No=207, Yes=11, Sub=234, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=2, Yes=0, Sub=3.


4 September
Todays Admin:- No from F&SF on Dear Transnational Death Tank Company. Assessment to Three Crows.
No=208, Yes=11, Sub=235, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=3, Yes=0, Sub=4.


5 September
Todays Admin:-The Dive to F&SF.
No=208, Yes=11, Sub=236, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=3, Yes=0, Sub=5.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Caf%C3%A9Lit-9-Multiple-eb…/…/
The Best of CaféLit 9


6 September
Todays Admin:- This Reality Is Collapsing to Asimov’s.
No=208, Yes=11, Sub=237, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=3, Yes=0, Sub=6.


7 September
Todays Admin:- No from F&SF on The Dive. The Dive to Apex Magazine.
No=209, Yes=11, Sub=238, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=4, Yes=0, Sub=7.


8 September
Todays Admin:- Hyperboy; Trinity to Strange Horizons.
No=209, Yes=11, Sub=239, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=4, Yes=0, Sub=8.

More Admin:- No from Uncanny on I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks.
No=210, Yes=11, Sub=239, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=5, Yes=0, Sub=8.

This does mean I can sub once more tomorrow, before they close again.


9 September
Todays Admin:- Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green to Uncanny.
No=210, Yes=11, Sub=240, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=5, Yes=0, Sub=9.


10 September
Todays Admin:- War Driver to Clarkesworld.
No=210, Yes=11, Sub=241, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=5, Yes=0, Sub=10.


11 September
Todays Admin:- No from Clarkesworld on War Driver. Playing The System to Metaphorosis.
No=211, Yes=11, Sub=242, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=6, Yes=0, Sub=11.

More Admin:- No from Metaphorosis on Playing The System.
No=212, Yes=11, Sub=242, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=7, Yes=0, Sub=11.


12 September
Todays Admin:- Stray Kids Come Back to F&SF.
No=212, Yes=11, Sub=243, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=7, Yes=0, Sub=12.


13 September
Todays Admin:- I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks to Fusion Fragment.
No=212, Yes=11, Sub=244, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=7, Yes=0, Sub=13.

I didn’t use todays scheduled market (Bourbon Penn) because I was told these folks were closing today so I wanted to get something in before they shut. It also leaves me another open market for emergencies.


14 September
Todays Admin:- No from Baffling Magazine on Transistional Period. Hot Dust to Speculative North.
No=213, Yes=11, Sub=245, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=8, Yes=0, Sub=14.


15 September
Todays Admin:- Pen Pals From The Abyss to Nightmare Magazine.
No=213, Yes=11, Sub=246, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=8, Yes=0, Sub=15.


16 September
Todays Admin:- Farmer Tom, Are You Breathing to LampLight.
No=213, Yes=11, Sub=247, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=8, Yes=0, Sub=16.

More Admin:- No from F&SF on Stray Kids Come Back.
No=214, Yes=11, Sub=247, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=9, Yes=0, Sub=16.

Just received a contract to sign from Daily Science Fiction. I’ll do that when I’ve completed my admin on this rejection.

SALE! Another sale! More details when I’ve been given permission to announce.

More Admin:- And The Lord Taketh Away sold to The Colored Lens.
No=214, Yes=12, Sub=247, Withdrawn=2, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=9, Yes=1, Sub=16.

More Admin:- Grandmother’s Shoes was withdrawn from Blue Light Special. Grandmother’s Shoes was sold to Bards and Sages Quarterly.
No=214, Yes=13, Sub=247, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=9, Yes=2, Sub=16.

More Admin:- No from Mythic on Clip Clop, And The Kid.
No=215, Yes=13, Sub=247, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=10, Yes=2, Sub=16.


17 September
Todays Admin:- A 1 Star Review Of The 200th Annual Worst Monster Pageant to Nightmare Magazine.
No=215, Yes=13, Sub=248, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=10, Yes=2, Sub=17.

So it was released a week ago, but Ghostlight Magazine (issue 6) is now out, containing my story Summer At Camp Long Drop. I’ve now updated my bibliography & awards eligible posts.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghostlight-Magazine-Terror-Fall…/…/
Ghostlight, The Magazine of Terror: Fall 2020 (#6)


18 September
Todays Admin:- Pick A Witch to Clarkesworld.
No=215, Yes=13, Sub=249, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=10, Yes=2, Sub=18.

Todays market wasn’t open, but I had back-ups. Also, i already had a piece there anyway.


19 September
Todays Admin:- Top Field Tanks to Translunar Travelers Lounge.
No=215, Yes=13, Sub=250, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=10, Yes=2, Sub=19.

I bumped FFO as TTL aren’t open very long.

More Admin:- No from Fusion Fragment on I Hide Behind Cardboard Cliffs And Polystyrene Rocks.
No=216, Yes=13, Sub=250, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=11, Yes=2, Sub=19.

More Admin:- No from Addition Magazine on A Trip To The Mall, no from The Centropic Oracle on I’ve Fallen In Love With A Hologram, Again.
No=218, Yes=13, Sub=250, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=13, Yes=2, Sub=19.


20 September
Todays Admin:- The Concentration Camp to Hexagon.
No=218, Yes=13, Sub=251, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=13, Yes=2, Sub=20.

More Admin:- No from Hexagon on The Concentration Camp.
No=219, Yes=13, Sub=251, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=14, Yes=2, Sub=20.


21 September
Todays Admin:- Dear Toaster to F&SF.
No=219, Yes=13, Sub=252, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=14, Yes=2, Sub=21.

More Admin:- No from Clarkesworld on Pick A Witch.
No=220, Yes=13, Sub=252, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=15, Yes=2, Sub=21.

More Admin:- No from Apex Magazine on The Dive & from Uncanny on Exactly The Wrong Shade Of Green.
No=222, Yes=13, Sub=252, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=17, Yes=2, Sub=21.


22 September
Todays Admin:- No from James Gunn’s Ad Astra on The Bivouac. Stray Kids Come Back to Interzone.
No=223, Yes=13, Sub=253, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=18, Yes=2, Sub=22.

More Admin:- No from Translunar Travelers Lounge on Top Field Tanks.
No=224, Yes=13, Sub=253, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=19, Yes=2, Sub=22.

More Admin:- No from Interzone on Stray Kids Come Back.
No=225, Yes=13, Sub=253, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=20, Yes=2, Sub=22.


23 September
Todays Admin:- No from Nightmare on Penpals From The Abyss. My Kingdom to PodCastle.
No=226, Yes=13, Sub=254, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=21, Yes=2, Sub=23.

More Admin:- No from F&SF on Dear Toaster.
No=227, Yes=13, Sub=254, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=22, Yes=2, Sub=23.


24 September
Todays Admin:- Madam Midnight Fucks Shit Up to Andromeda Spaceways.
No=227, Yes=13, Sub=255, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=22, Yes=2, Sub=24.


25 September
Todays Admin:- A God’s Day Off to Nature; Futures.
No=227, Yes=13, Sub=256, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=22, Yes=2, Sub=25.


26 September
Todays Admin:- …Made For Two to Analog.
No=227, Yes=13, Sub=257, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=22, Yes=2, Sub=26.


27 September
Todays Admin:-Top Field Tanks to MetaStellar.
No=227, Yes=13, Sub=258, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=22, Yes=2, Sub=27.

More Admin:- No from Metastellar on Top Field Tanks.
No=228, Yes=13, Sub=258, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=23, Yes=2, Sub=27.
Nothing wrong with the story, they only want flash stuff right now so my story was too long.


28 September
Todays Admin:- No from Podcastle on My Kingdom. Idiots Of The Underworld to Dream of Shadows
No=229, Yes=13, Sub=259, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=24, Yes=2, Sub=28.

More Admin:- No from Dream of Shadows on Idiots Of The Underworld.
No=230, Yes=13, Sub=259, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=25, Yes=2, Sub=28.


29 September
Todays Admin:- Egg Witch to Apex Magazine.
No=230, Yes=13, Sub=260, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=25, Yes=2, Sub=29.


30 September
Todays Admin:- A Selection Of Fools Grails to Underland Arcana.
No=230, Yes=13, Sub=261, Withdrawn=3, Not Received=0.
365 Event:-No=25, Yes=2, Sub=30.

25 rejections. 2 acceptances. 30 submissions. 1 withdrawn.

So this was September 2020

1 Oct

I’ve made 261 new submissions. 230 rejections. 13 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, 21st July, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, 26th July, 2020.
Lost Souls sold to Daily Science Fiction, 30th August, 2020. (1st Pro Sale!)
And The Lord Taketh Away sold to The Colored Lens, 2nd September, 2020.
Grandmothers Shoes sold to Bards And Sages Quarterly, 16th September, 2020.

There are currently 32 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. 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. 1st June, 2020.
The Scars Of War. Chrome Baby (Bairn 93). 30th June, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft. The Angry Noodle (formerly Satyr Central). August 12th, 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.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2020. (DTBC)
Lost Souls will be released in Daily Science Fiction. (DTBC)
And The Lord Taketh Away will be released in The Colored Lens. (DTBC)
Grandmothers Shoes will be released in Bards And Sages Quarterly, April, 2021. (DTBC)

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

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

2 stories out from the January Submission Challenge are still out. There are also still 3 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! One of those is going to be on hold a while longer, thanks to COVID issues.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going, at this point, I expect death before publication.

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

The 1st month of the year long subs challenge is now over. Only 11 more to go.

So this was August 2020

1 Sep

I’ve made 231 new submissions. 205 rejections. 11 acceptances. 2 withdrawn, 0 not received.

SALES & ACCEPTANCES:-

36 Hours In The Space Force sold to B Cubed Press, Jan 20th 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5) sold to Trouble Among the Stars, Jan 20th 2020.
Fillers accepted by Again, Hazardous Imaginings, Feb 20th, 2020.
Mushnik’s Guitar sold to Aphotic Realm, Feb 21st, 2020.
The Shaming sold to Tell-Tale Press; Nebu Carnvale, 28th Feb, 2020.
For The Duty sold to Space Force; Building A Legacy, 22nd Mar, 2020.
The Scars Of War sold to Chrome Baby, 13th Apr, 2020.
The Dionesian Wave (reprint) sold to Tell-Tale Press, 24th Apr, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft sold to Satyr Central, 21st July, 2020.
Electric Feet, Manual Street sold to Kasma SF, 26th July, 2020.
Lost Souls sold to Daily Science Fiction, 30th August, 2020. (1st Pro Sale!)

There are currently 32 stories out in submission:-

PUBLISHED THIS YEAR:-

A Tooth Fairy Dreams… Aether And Ichor issue 5. Jan 1st, 2020.
It Takes A Dragon. Flash Fiction Magazine. Jan 12th, 2020.
My Summer Holiday, By Billy Mesner (Aged 5). Trouble Among The Stars issue 5. 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 (Bairn 93). June 30th, 2020.
The Passing Of Witchcraft. The Angry Noodle (formerly Satyr Central). August 12th, 2020.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Electric Feet, Manual Street will be released at Kasma SF in September 1st or 2nd, 2020. (DTBC)
Summer At Camp Long Drop will be released in Ghostlight, 2020. (DTBC)
Detecting Rogue Time Travellers (Practical Exam) will be released in On Time, 2020. (DTBC)
36 Hours In The Space Force will be released in Tales From The Space Force, 2020. (DTBC)
Lost Souls will be released by Daily Science Fiction. (DTBC)

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

Still hoping for another sale soon. Some things are on hold at places. I can’t talk about them yet.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS:-

I finally made my first pro-rate sale, Lost Souls to Daily Science Fiction. There’s no date on when that will be published, we still have contracts to exchange & sign, as well as edits & proofing. I’m looking forward to working with them. I don’t know if it’ll appear this year, I hope to find out soon.

All the other dates I had for publication have passed. Due to the pandemic, people have other priorities. Ghostlight were hoping to go to print before the end of August.

The release date for On Time also passed. The Kickstarter was fully backed, so it will come out, not sure when?

The dead tree version of Time We Left (Wordland 8) is now out, I have my contributor copy.

The last 2 stories out from the January Submission Challenge were withdrawn. There are also still 2 stories outstanding from the original September Challenge! One of those is going to be on hold a while longer, thanks to COVID issues. There are also 7 stories still outstanding from the May Challenge to hear back from yet too.

Tuck & Roll in Automobilia is still on-going, at this point, I expect death before publication.

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

By the time you read this, I will have already started my year long challenge. Can I do it?

An Open Letter To Paying Short Form SF & Fantasy Markets

26 Aug

Hello, good people. Most of you are very good people. Some of you are a touch misguided.

I’m sure when you first opened, you had grand and lofty ideas, dreams of what you wanted your market to be. Then you met your submitters, and they overwhelmed you. Perhaps not immediately, but eventually.

That is why I’ve brought you here today.

Your submission wait times are too long. Some of you (I’m not going to point fingers or name & shame) have wait times over 100 days. That’s far too damn long. Here’s how you’re going to fix that.

CLOSE TO GENERAL SUBMISSIONS RIGHT NOW.

Seriously, I mean it. Close. Now! Don’t even stop to read the rest of this article, come back when you’ve closed.

I’ll wait. On you go. No, I REALLY mean it!

I’ll be here when you get back.

__________________________________________________________

Okay. Closed to subs now? We’ll continue then. It’s time to dig yourself out of the hole you made for yourselves. The first step was putting down the shovel, closing to subs.

Stay closed, read your slush queue, and clear it, completely.

However many stories you had to read to clear the queue, divide that number by four. That’s your new cut-off point. In future, when you reopen to subs, accept no more than that amount, by plus or minus 10%.

Don’t ever get overwhelmed again.

I’m one of the hundreds or possibly thousands of people sending you stories to read, and hopefully buy. We don’t mind a short wait, in fact, we expect one. What we don’t expect is a wait of anything up to half a year. If you’re one of those markets who says not to query until six months has passed, the swearword hasn’t yet been invented to describe you.

You’ve only got that amount of time factored in because, shock – horror, you’re overwhelmed. That’s because you don’t know when to close submissions. Some of you (according to SFWA) are professional markets, yet you still don’t know to close when you’ve got too much to read. If this is the case, kindly question your life choices.

A lot of you are guilty, don’t shrug and say “Well, we’re not!”

Some markets get rejections out in DAYS. ACTUAL DAYS. I’m not talking a week either, one, two or maybe three days. Anything up to two weeks is decent, a month is just about acceptable. Beyond that, your turnaround time needs work. Almost certainly because you’ve taken too many stories.

Now, I realise this means a lot of markets are suddenly going to be closed for quite some time while they clear the decks. 2020 has been a shit year for everyone. Why don’t we end it by making long market wait times a thing of the past? If you’re a pro-rate market, maybe you should also have more professional reply times too?

I don’t want to see any cheating. Stories are still to be read & judged the same way you always have. If Neil Clarke can politely tell me no in two days, there’s no reason why everywhere can’t meet his incredibly high and excellent standards. Clarkesworld has a fast turnaround which I respect.

Thanks for your attention.

NOW GO CLEAR YOUR SLUSH PILES, AND DON’T REOPEN TO SUBS UNTIL YOU HAVE.

SO ENDETH THE LESSON.

SUBMISSION CHALLENGE UPDATE/ AKA I OWE YOU AN EXPLANATION.

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

ACTUAL RULES:-

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