Let’s Blitz Again – Almost There

October 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm (writing) (, , , , , , , )

11667_300667415031_6542402_n-editedI’m nearing the end of my blitz, Halloween and the start of the cold season. I’m hoping I’ll get several stories finished over the next few months, preparing for my first annual January blitz. It was nice to relax standards a little and send things out to newer, smaller venues offering token payments and interesting contests with not much in the way of prize money. With more focus on my day job lately, my aspirations have changed somewhat. I may dedicate the next couple of months to mixture of writing and some serious editing. I think I’m due for a new round of novel submissions, but I’d like to give them a bit of a tune-up first.

My last couple of submissions have gone to a genre competition being held by a literary magazine (whaaat?) and one of a newer publisher’s start-up anthology. It’s theme works with the story’s content, which has generated a fair amount of interest but has yet to clinch a “yes”. I may throw it into the “rewrite” pile if it gets another rejection. I actually expected it to get in somewhere long before some of the stories that followed it (but they went first.

I’m off to figure out my costume for Monday, and maybe give my daughter a hand at sewing hers. I hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll post again soon.

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Let’s Blitz Again – #ICTTBCONTEST

October 21, 2016 at 10:36 pm (horror, Links, writing) (, , , , , , )

screenshot-2016-10-21-at-7-05-16-pm-editedToday’s submission was to Grey Matter Press’s flash fiction contest. More about that in a bit.

Yesterday brought a new rejection, but not one from the blitz.  It was a story I sent out in the summer – one my sister had inspired while I was on vacation.  The editors said it had piqued their interest, but in the end, they had decided it was a no.  They did however say they hoped I would send in another story before the call closed.  Well it just so happened the short story I had recently finished and not yet submitted anywhere matched well with their theme, so without skipping a beat, I sent that one in.  I have high hopes and may end up disappointed, but it was worth a shot.

On my hunt for my next submission, I came across Grey Matter Press’s “I Can Taste the Blood” flash fiction contest and decided I’d give it a go.  Today was the last day to submit, so I just managed to squeak in there.  You can check out all of the flash stories submitted (including mine) at the link above and vote for your favourite.  If you give it a read, I hope you find my story quite chilling.

Two-thirds of the way to blitz end.  This has been a fun one.

And I’m off to hunt out my next call.

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April Submission Blitz – Things I Won’t Do

April 5, 2014 at 11:24 pm (writing) (, , , , , , , )

While I will write cover letters and resubmit stories until I’m blue in the face, there’s a few things I won’t do to try to increase my odds of getting published. I won’t submit anywhere where a submission fee is required – contests included. I won’t pay for a venue membership to get “preferential treatment”. I won’t buy editing services from the publisher in order to improve my chances of acceptance. And I won’t support a kickstarter campaign in the hopes that it will give me a competitive edge in the slush pile either. I’ve seen all of those “opportunities” come up at one point or another, but I’m in this for the long run, earning my way into the game. I’m not on the hunt for possible short cuts I might be able to buy, or some publishing lottery I hope to win.

When I submitted today’s story, they had the option of just making the submission, or submitting and paying $5 to enter their editor’s choice competition (3 prizes of $100? – that’s a small prize for that kind of entry fee.) And you could purchase one of their memberships to get preferential treatment (that’s exactly how they described it.) I may have little chance of an acceptance as a result of keeping my money in my pocket, but if that’s the case, so be it. I hold to the advice that unless you are self-published (and are paying for things like editing or cover art), the money should flow from the publisher to the writer and not the other way around.

I submitted a story that has already received several rejections, so I’m not holding my breath, especially since it will likely be parked at the bottom of the slush pile because I didn’t pay. Nevertheless, it’s still worth a shot.

More tomorrow…

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