October has come and gone, and here are my submission endeavors for the month.
October 2018 Report Card
Ten submissions is solid, and it puts me at 106 for the year. Lots of rejections this month, and for the first time in a while, no acceptances.
Eleven rejections for October.
As usual, lots of standard form rejections with a smattering of upper-tier and personal.
The spotlight rejection for October comes from a big market I really hope to crack some day.
Thank you for sending us [story title] for consideration.
We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, but unfortunately this one isn’t for us.
Please note we received more than 1,750 submissions for approximately 20 slots, which means a lot of very, very good stories are not making the cut. (There are even some great stories that just aren’t right for our market.)
Please keep on writing, revising, and submitting to the very best markets you can find. It can be an arduous journey, but a fulfilling and rewarding one as well. And with each new story you write, you’re honing your craft. No effort at your writing desk is ever wasted.
We wish you the very best of luck with your work.
Some of you won’t have much difficulty figuring out which market this rejection comes from, but I shared it because of the submission numbers the editor included. This is a good example of the kind of odds you’re sometimes up against with pro markets. Here we’re looking at 20 slots for a whopping 1,750 submissions. That’s around a one-percent acceptance rate. As the editor points out, this means very good and even great stories are going to be rejected. It’s good to keep that in mind when you’re submitting to big markets so those form rejections don’t bum you out too much.
Three publications in October, the first of which is free to read online.
Published by The Arcanist (free to read)
Published by Havok Magazine
Published by Factor Four Magazine
And that was my October. Tell me about yours.