Submission Statement: February 2021

Another month come and gone. Here’s how I did.

February 2021 Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 5
  • Rejections: 6
  • Acceptances: 0
  • Publications: 0
  • Further Consideration: 0

February was, well, not spectacular. I would have liked more submissions, fewer rejections, and, you know, maybe an acceptance. None of that was to be, unfortunately. The five submissions for the month give me sixteen for the year, and I sent one out this morning for seventeen. So I’m still on pace for one-hundred subs. No acceptances yet, which is a little disconcerting, though 2020 started off slow too, and it definitely picked up. I just need to be patient. The acceptances will come. (Oh, god, PLEASE the acceptances come.)


Six rejections this month.

  • Standard Form Rejections: 4
  • Upper-Tier Form Rejections: 2
  • Personal Rejections: 0

Six more rejection in February, all of the form variety. Not much to report there, honestly; they were all pretty run of the mill. One of the upper-tier rejections was from a pro market I’d never submitted to previously, so that’s mildly encouraging. I’ll definitely sub there again.


The only publication I had in February (which I didn’t tally above) is my monthly Rejectomancy article at Dark Matter Magazine. Also, my story “The Past, History” was published in their second issue, which came out today. I’ll count that one officially in the March tally. In the meantime, you can check out my article on submission wait times by clicking the link below.

The Long Game: Publisher Response Times

And that was my month. Hopefully, yours was better. 🙂

2 Comments on “Submission Statement: February 2021

  1. I feel your pain. However, 2 publishers got back to me saying they were swamped with a deluge of submissions. One said, submit again in our next open period [July] [is that a rejection or a withdrawal?]. The other said they’d picked [an arbitrary?] date for a cut-off because of the unprecedented level of submissions. [Make what you will of that!]

    • Yeah, some of my acceptance drought might be due to slightly longer wait times with publishers. More of it, though, is that I’ve been so focused on novels in the last few months, I haven’t written much new material for short story submissions. I’m subbing a lot of reprints and a few flash pieces, but I really need to finish a couple of meaty short stories to get those submission stats up and, hopefully, snag an acceptance or two.

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