Submission Statement: May 2020

Another month of submissions. Here’s a breakdown of my short story endeavors for May.

April 2020 Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 11
  • Rejections: 4
  • Acceptances: 2
  • Publications: 2

Very good month. Eleven submissions in May gives me forty-three for the year and puts me back on track for my goal of one-hundred. Only four rejections, all form rejections. Two more acceptances, both flash, and both to pro-paying markets. I’ll talk about the two publications below.


Four rejections this month.

  • Standard Form Rejections: 1
  • Upper-Tier Form Rejections: 3
  • Personal Rejections: 0

Not much to report here. All the rejections were form letters, though three of them were upper-tier. The shortest took only seven days, the longest 135 days.


Two acceptances this month. I sold my flash fiction story “His Favorite Tune” to the Flame Tree Fiction newsletter, which is my third publication with Flame Tree, the first in the newsletter. I also sold my flash fiction story “Outdoor Space” to The Arcanist. Not counting contests, this is my fifth sale to The Arcanist. 


The first publication is my noirish supernatural crime short story “Reading the Room,” which was published at The Overcast, an audio market hosted by J. S. Arquin. You can listen to the story by clicking the link below.

Listen to “Reading the Room”


The second publication is my flash story “His Favorite Tune,” which was published in the Flame Tree Fiction newsletter. For now you have to be a subscriber to read the story, but they’ll post it on the main website soon, and I’ll be sure to point folks in that direction.

And that was May. Tell me about your month.

2 Comments on “Submission Statement: May 2020

    • Heh, yeah, I’ve seen this before.

      I’ve only received one rejection that even bordered on rude, and that was a bit of first-reader feedback the editor included. Even that was more just unhelpful than spiteful or targeted.

      But I often wonder if anyone has truly received a bona fide rude rejection. I’m sure they have, but they’ve gotta be really, really rare.

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