off to a slow start

Just posting to keep this streak alive. The short story challenge of course is off to a slow start. And that’s okay. The clock starts ticking when I turn in the first story. If I don’t turn one in this week, at least I’ll have a science fiction story to submit into the market, and that’s a win.

I have a spreadsheet of the markets I’ll plan on submitting to–Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF Magazine, Intergalactic, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Ellery Queen, Hitchcock, Amazing, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Universe Anex. So mostly science fiction markets. I’ll add more as I continue researching the current markets. I have to say, my mind is boggled by how many short story magazines are out there now. Seems like more than the last time I attempted something like this.

No new words of fiction today. And that’s okay. Today ended up being a lazy day. Woke up with a headache that wouldn’t go away for awhile. Some light exercise and coffee helped. Then spent much of the day reading and napping.

Challenges for me always start out slow. Not sure why that is. Not sure if I want to psychoanalyze that too much anyway. Still feels like I’m running to just gain momentum. I’m excited to get this going though.

By David Anthony Brown

Indie writer and publisher. Among other jack-of-all-trade skills...


  1. Unfortunately, Intergalactic will stop in June 2019. So you might as well take it off your spreadsheet. But as you say, there are plenty of markets for short story fiction these days (even if a few of them do also close).

    Good luck with your challenge, and have fun writing!

  2. Yes, it’s definitely a good idea to research as you go. You’ll also see that some markets don’t accept manuscript all the time (some of them only rarely), or have slightly different format requirements, so you’ll also need a system to keep track of that. But you can implement it as you go.

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