Jul 16, 2011

Releasing Story Number 2

My goal for today was to get started on sending a new piece out into the world of submissions.  It's not genre, which is what I usually write so it took awhile deciding on a pen name, and I'm not as selective about where this piece could potentially show up.  I simply did a search on Duotrope for magazines that publish general short story pieces who accepted simsubs and started applying to all of them.

I've discovered interesting things.

For one, there's reading fees at some magazines.  They're all high class, high paying, well known markets, but it's weird to see because I haven't come across anything like that while shopping If You Truly Love Me around.  Yog's law says money flows to the writer, and this goes against all that, but they're all well-known magazines (like the Missouri Review).  Needless to say, I didn't submit to them because I don't have $30 to spare on top of all the postage I'll need for manuscripts that will only be accepted via post.

I've also discovered an online publication that doesn't give out rejections.


They just...don't publish your story.

Rejections are never fun, but I also can't imagine not getting one if a story doesn't work.  Unpublished submissions are still considered as being considered by this market (Short Story America if you're interested), so submissions will always be considered as simsub even if it's been two years since you submitted and you've forgotten you gave it to SSA.  Which is not so nice if you want to submit the piece elsewhere in a market that doesn't take simsubs.

It's all weird, this non-genre world.


  1. Ouch, that's a bit harsh isn't it? I suppose you could contact them and withdraw it after a specific period of time, just to make sure.

  2. Sarah - I'm hesitant to call it harsh, especially since they mention they're doing it on behalf of readers. But that is excatly my plan, leave it for a while and then withdraw it, most likely in a timeline with how this piece does in other markets.

  3. Maybe it's different in the UK, but no magazine that I've come across here charges a reading fee. Perhaps because these mags are well-known no one questions the reading fee and they think they can get away with it?

  4. I also don't know of any magazines that charge a reading fee. I haven't looked at a lot though, so my experience is limited. I wish you luck with the submission.

  5. Annalisa - I'm assuming it helps with costs, but *shrug* it's a hurdle that I'm not willing to jump over.

    Rebecca - Thanks!