Submission Statement: May 2021

And May is in the books. Here’s how I did.

May 2021 Report Card

  • Submissions Sent: 10
  • Rejections: 10
  • Acceptances: 1
  • Publications: 1
  • Further Consideration: 0

Ten submissions is a good month, and May’s numbers give me 43 for the year. That breaks down to 8.6 submissions per month and puts me on pace for 100 (but just barely). I’d like to get 11 submissions in May, which would average out to 9 subs per month. It’s only one more, so it seems doable. Ten rejections is not fun, especially since half of them came within the space of a couple days. Such is the gig, though, and you gotta roll with it. I did score one acceptance in May, another story to Wyldblood Press. One publication last month, another installment in my Dark Matter Magazine column.


Ten rejections this month.

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

Lots of rejections in May. In fact, it is the most rejectomantic month of 2021 (so far). Most of these were form rejections, either standard or higher-tier, but I did get a couple of nice personal rejections. They were more effusive than most personal declines, and clearly spelled out “good story, bad fit or timing”, which is always nice. It lets you fire those stories back out with confidence, which I did. 🙂


Just the one publication in May, my latest Rejectomancy article over at Dark Matter Magazine. This one is all about rejections, a subject I know a thing or two about. 🙂 You can check it out by clicking the link below

Normalizing the No: Rejection Letters

Yeah, it didn’t publish in May, but I’m gonna point you at my flash fiction collection Night Walk & Other Dark Paths anyway. 🙂 Check it out if you haven’t already.

And that was my month. How was yours?

3 Comments on “Submission Statement: May 2021

    • I’m struggling to be like you guys: complain that I just had one publication in a month. When I get to that level, I’ll consider myself a succesful, realized writer.

      • I’m with Alex! But I’m only a part time writer. Aeryn has got to eat.

        Aeryn – Congrats on being a runner up in the Arcanist’s contest! Of course, I haven’t read your or the other pieces, but I’m sure yours should have placed. 😉

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