August 2016 Submission Statement

Well, August was certainly better than July, where I did pretty much nothin’ in terms of submissions. I managed to get a few stories out last month, and I even snagged an acceptance and a publication.

August Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 3
  • Rejections: 1
  • Acceptances: 1
  • Other: 0
  • Publications: 1


Here’s the lone August rejection.

Rejection 1: 8/14/16

Thank you for submitting work to our Flash Icon contest. There were some incredibly high-quality entries submitted this time around. 

Unfortunately, “XXX” didn’t make it into our Top 10. However, we encourage contest participants to submit these stories for consideration in our regular issues (free to submit) if you’d like to do so. 

Thanks so much for your participation. We couldn’t do these contests without you. 

This is another entry into one of The Molotov Cocktail’s flash fiction contest. This one was called Flash Icon and challenged writers to include an iconic person, place, or thing. I went kind of far afield on this one and chose an obscure monster from Greek mythology as my “iconic” thing. I don’t know why I thought a hecatonchire, even a named one, would be even remotely iconic, but there you go. I’m not saying that’s why this story didn’t place, but I’m guessing it didn’t help.


One acceptance, and, yep, it’s from the same place as the one rejection for the month

Acceptance 1: 8/14/16

Once again you’ve dazzled us with some strange and compelling flash fiction. “The Father of Terror” has won 2nd place in Flash Icon. Dead cats and slumbering Egyptian demons are right up our alley.

By now, you know the drill. This piece will be included in the mega-issue by mid-week and it will be in the Prize Winners Anthology due out this fall. 

A very nice acceptance letter, and I always love working with the folks over at The Molotov Cocktail. My story “The Father of Terror” took second place in the Flash Icon contest. My iconic thing in this one was the Sphinx, and I’m not saying my choice of an ancient, immediately recognizable structure was the key to my story placing, but it’s a damn sight better than a Greek monster no one has heard of.

Anyway, always nice to get another one on the board, and the fact that it’s with one of my favorite publications is just icing on the cake.


Yep, it’s a three-for. The one publication is at, you guessed it, The Molotov Cocktail.

“The Father of Terror” was published in their Flash Icon mega-issue, which you can read right here. As usual, this contest collection is chocked full of great stories, and if you dig horror and flash fiction, it’s  a must-read.


The other thing I’d like to call your attention to is not a publication but a flash fiction contest out at Red Sun Magazine. You might remember they published my story “Paper Cut,” and they’ve been kind enough to base this contest around my novel Flashpoint and to offer the book as part of the prize packages. Anyway, if you write flash fiction, head over to Red Sun for the official rules.


That was my August. Tell me about yours.

8 Comments on “August 2016 Submission Statement

  1. Congratulations, Aeryn.

    As far as myself, even though I got 11 rejections and only managed 8 submissions, I’m going to focus on the positives.

    First, 4 of the 11 rejections were for poetry, and some of those rejected poems ended up being accepted. (In fact, I received 2 acceptances for the month.)

    Second, 3 of my poems were published in 2 different publications. One of them — “Volcano Girl,” which was published in Up the Staircase Quarterly — received quite a bit of praise on social media. (I usually get some people liking and sharing my stuff, but I got more than usual for this poem.)

    Third, last month I earned 44.5 XP, bringing me up to a Level 6 Rejectomancer.

    Finally, I wrote a bunch of new things, so I’m planning to kick ass in September.

    • That’s a solid month. Nice work. You hit 6th level, huh? You’re no longer a neophyte rejectomancer; you’re a bona fide journeyman. 😉

  2. just off to read “The Father of Terror” Looking forward to reading it. Well done on the Acceptance.

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