Submission Statement: April 2021

April is a wrap. Here’s how I did.

April 2021 Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 6
  • Rejections: 8
  • Acceptances: 2
  • Publications: 3
  • Further Consideration: 0

I would have liked to have sent a few more submissions in April, but six ain’t too bad, and I ended the month with 32 subs for the year. I need to pick up the pace a bit in May if I want to stay on track for 100 subs, but I’ve already sent 4 this month, so I’m off to a good start. What I did get a lot of in April was rejections. I had a bunch of submissions that had been under consideration for a while, and the editors pretty much all made their decisions at the same time. The good news is that I broke my long rejections streak and finally got on the board for 2021 with a couple of acceptances, one of which was also published in April.


Eight rejections this month.

  • Standard Form Rejections: 6
  • Upper-Tier Form Rejections: 2
  • Personal Rejections: 0

Nothing out of the ordinary here. All my rejections were of the form variety. One of them was more disappointing than the others, however, simply because I thought the story was a pretty good fit for the market. The editor though otherwise. That’s just how it goes in submission land. In fact, when I’m actually hopeful of an acceptance, I almost never get one. Weird how that works. 🙂


Three publications in April: a short story, an article, and an entire flash fiction anthology. Links to each below.

1) My first April publication was a flash piece I sold to Wyldblood Press titled “News from Home.”

“News from Home”

2) My Rejectomancy column over at Dark Matter Magazine is still going, and last month’s subject was the dreaded withdrawal letter.

An Honorable Retreat: The Withdrawal Letter

3) Finally, my flash fiction collection Night Walk & Other Dark Paths was published last month. It’s available in print and eBook through the link below.

And that was my month. How was yours?

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