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The Pedestal often sends rejections after the accepted stories have already gone live. They do read everything, but they have a very short window between when submissions close and when the new issue is published - so sometimes they deal with acceptances and editing the stories first and sending out rejection slips afterward.
I queried Pedestal, asking since the issue is up that should I assume a rejection (don't mind if it's rejected, I just want to know), and a rep replied back that it was under consideration and they'd respond soon (*note* I didn't name my story). I don't know if that's a generic response or what.
Anyway, I sent the story off to another market.
JJA is taking over as publisher of Lightspeed and Fantasy:
There's a new market that popped up on Duotrope today called Earthbound Fiction. They buy very short flash (under 500 words) at pro rates (5c/word) and longer SF/F stories at 1c/word.
I sent them a flash submission today via submishmash and got the following e-mail as a response:
Needless to say, I'm *not* an associate editor at this publication, making a submission to myself (although there's a spec fic story in that, somewhere). I'm thinking there's some sort of a bug in Submishmash that put the name of the submitter in the signature. Has anyone else submitted there? And if so, did you experience this issue?Hey there Alex,
Thanks for submitting your work to Earthbound Fiction! We seriously can't wait to read it.
We're hurrying, but it usually takes about four weeks to hear from us.
Dagan Books has just announced their next anthology:
"What we want: Stories having to do with lost, rare, weird, or imaginary books, or any aspect of book history or book culture, past, present, future, or uchronic. Any genre. Although the fantastical is not essential per se, stories should evoke a sense of the fantastic, the unknown, the weird, wonder, terror, mystery, pulp, and/or adventure, etc."
Pays 2c word + contributor copies. Subs Dec 15 - Mar 31.
Ooooh, that sounds awesome! Definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing, Alex.
Thanks for posting that, Alex. The theme has got my brain gears turning already.
I'm sorry to see any market go, but personally I gave up on Basement Stories quite a while back. There were too many issues with missing/delayed responses, not paying writers on time (or possibly at all) etc. I don;t think they're bad people, but they were in way over their heads.
They did publish some nice stories though, which is a credit to Carol. Maybe they'll find someone to take over the site.
Lightspeed & Fantasy magazines are merging into one, as of January:
I feel a bit sad about that.
I'm not even sure why, because it doesn't look like anything is really changing that much.
No more races though, where we could send one story to Fantasy and another to Lightspeed, and guess which would get back first.
[Heavily edited on 12/15 based on having a better understanding of the market. Thanks, Alex S!]
This one just popped up on Duotrope. The pay
isMAY BE semi-pro (unless you're writing something pretty darn short).
A closer reading of the guidelines than I initially did makes it clear that they're likely intending to request publishing works with no compensation.
A shame, because I still think that the possibility of being invited to the conference is somewhat compelling. But not at the cost of giving work away for free.
I'm sorry but that lovemarks thing is in serious need of some ridicule. Also, this makes it sound as if politics and art don't go hand in hand, as if art is something done in an apolitical vacuum. hmmm.
And I tell him that art is something you stick in a frame and hang on a wall and it don't have to mean anything.
And he says art is doing a painting, and then destroying the painting to prove a point about stuff.
And I tell him that's bull.
And I only say that stuff because he likes to argue his point and it makes him happy.
Sorry. That was really off topic.