Submission Statement: July 2020

Little late with this one, but here’re my July submission endeavors.

July 2020 Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 4
  • Rejections: 5
  • Acceptances: 1
  • Publications: 1

More rejections than submissions is indicative of a not-so-stellar month. The four submission in July puts me behind the eight-ball to hit my goal of one-hundred subs for the year (I’m currently sitting at 51). I did manage an acceptance, which continues my streak of at least one acceptance per month in 2020. I better get some submissions out, though, or that streak is on gonna come to a screeching halt.

Why have I been lagging so much with submissions in the last couple of months? I’d like to blame it on the fact I’ve been neck-deep in a new novel, but I finished the first draft in early July and took a break from it. So, you know, that doesn’t hold water. If I’m honest, I’ve been struggling to finish stories. I have at least four I really like sitting half-done. I just need to suck it up and finish a couple of those. New stories always translate to more submissions.


Five rejections this month.

  • Standard Form Rejections: 5
  • Upper-Tier Form Rejections: 0
  • Personal Rejections: 0

Every rejection in July was of the common form variety. One of them was a little disappointing, as my story was held for quite some time, and though I never count on an acceptance, I thought I might get a higher-tier or a personal rejection. It’s quite possible the market just doesn’t send them or, you know, I’m reading too much in to how long my story was held. I am a rejectomancer, after all. ๐Ÿ™‚


The acceptance last month was notable, in that I sold a story in a genre I rarely write. I placed my story “The Night, Forever, and Us” with a cool new gothic market called Love Letters to Poe.ย I thought I had pretty much no chance at an acceptance when I fired that submission off, so it was a nice surprise when the yes rolled in. I’ll point everyone at the story when it’s published.


The publication last month was with my old pals at The Arcanist.ย They took a shine to my goofy, post-apocalyptic story “Outdoor Space,” which is about, uh, real estate. You can read or listen to the story by clicking the image below.

And that was July. Tell me about your month.

4 Comments on “Submission Statement: July 2020

  1. I had a major publication thrill–short story in an anthology–which combined my two favorite topics, special needs and humor–but not my usual genre which is cozy/mysteries. Unlike you, I’ve not been submitting, but like you, I’m having a hard time completing my stories, probably due to cleaning/cooking/domestic duties when everyone [luckily for us] is permanently home. But reading your weekly posts make a welcome reminder about what I am supposed to be doing–thank you.

    • Congrats on the publication!

      I’m glad my posts are helpful, but we’re probably all putting a little too much pressure on ourselves right now. I know I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. No acceptances or publications in July. Only received a notice saying the publication of a previously accepted story would be delayed until 2021. I think Iโ€™ll set a goal of one day being able to set a goal of receiving an acceptance a month!

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