Just by happenstance (vanity search) I found out that my novella, "Failure of Flesh" made the 1st Quarter Honorable Mention list for the Writers of the Future Contest. Link to the press release So that's nice, but looks like it won't see publication there. On to the next market then.
I sent my short story "Windigo", published in the anthology Mythspring, out again just recently to a possible market that podcasts previously published stories. They said no thanks. That's fine. I'll look for another outlet for it.
Story gets rejected, story gets sent out again. A three day turnaround on getting "By the Side of the Road" out to the next market is pretty close to my record time. Of course half an hour is theoretically possible, but let's not go crazy.
Sent my story "By the Side of the Road" to Chiaroscuro webzine less than 5 seconds ago. And since I missed posting it earlier, this is a story that I tried placing in the Tesseracts XIII anthology. They rejected it, but I know you're all smart enough to have deduced that.
Brought my first and still only "pro" publication, "Windigo" back from its resting place and sent it to the horror podcast Pseudopod for possible publication. Boy that was a lot of alliteration at the end of that last sentence. Their response time on my last submission "The Company Car" was a bit more than 60… Continue reading Bring out your dead
After much dragging of my feet, I've finally picked a new market to send one of my stories too. Don't know why it took so long other than just inertia. The MS is printed, the SASE included (for easy rejection), and it's all set to go to the post office.
Finally, finally, finally sending out Company Car to another market after its last rejection. I blame the delay on not initially wanting to revisit the story and trim 500 words from it to make it viable to a wider selection of markets (well that, and LEGO Star Wars II for PS2 is a totally addictive… Continue reading On your way little manuscript
Received a rejection notice late on a Saturday night (an appropriate time for rejection and second only to Monday morning) for Company Car from Weird Tales. This says a few things about the sender and the receiver: first that editors work ungodly hours; and second that I have no life if I'm checking email late… Continue reading In which Mark says, “Fuck it,” and moves on
Well, F&SF rejected Company Car. Oh well. Off it goes again, this time to Weird Tales. At least on the same day I received the rejection I also received a good review on it from a writer I respect.
Company Car is winding its way through the postal system to Fantasy and Science Fiction.