It's also the first Wednesday of May, which means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
Originally created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is a way for all us insecure writers to get together and air our fears or provide support. If you click on Alex's name up there, you can go to the sign up to join in the monthly support.
This month's co-hosts are Eva Solar, Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp! Stop by and visit them if you can.
Each month I post my progress as part of IWSG in order to keep myself accountable and hopefully encourage others by showing rejections mean YOU'RE WORKING. If you aren't getting rejections, you aren't trying hard enough! (Unless, of course, you aren't going for traditional publishing.)
In April, I:
Submitted 8 pieces
Got 1 short story edited and out with the others already submitted
Got 2 rejections
Have 1 piece that is currently short-listed
Have 12 pieces currently on submission
I'm starting to see more positive feedback on my rejections and I'm getting short-listed here and there. I'm taking that as a positive sign! Several editors have recently asked me to submit something else, even though they rejected the pieces I had sent. Here's where my insecurity kicks in, though...I've never taken one of them up on that. Somehow, knowing that they liked my writing, but that a particular story didn't work for them, makes me feel extra pressure. I'm afraid they'll be disappointed in the next submission I try, that I won't get that positive feedback again, and that will be a sign I'm not good enough.
I really should get past that.
Eventually I will. And when I do, I have notes on who asked for more, and what their exact comments were. What they liked and what they didn't like. I love getting feedback. I just need to be brave enough to try another story with them and stop fearing that rejection.
Now for this week's links:
Vine Leaves Literary Journal is looking for vignettes in any genre except erotica. No more than 800 words. They take poetry, prose, artwork, and photography. Pays $5 AUD. Deadline May 31.
Raven Warren Studios is seeking pieces for "Winning: A Guide to Games That Never Were," an anthology of game guides for games that don't exist. 1000-3000 words. Humor. Pays $5 and a contributor copy. Deadline June 1.
Contrary Magazine is looking for short fiction of about 1500 words. They pay $20 per piece, no matter the length. Please note that they require you to send them an invoice for your pay or you will not get paid. Current deadline June 1 for the summer issue.
NonBinary Review puts out a theme and invites all manner of plays on that theme. Current themes are 1001 Arabian Nights and Woman in White. Pay is $.01/word. Arabian Nights theme is up to 5000 words. They also take poetry and artwork. Deadline June 1.
Blood in the Rain is looking for hot vampire fiction, all the way up to erotica, but it does not have to be erotica. Though they prefer pieces from writers in the Pacific northwest, or stories linked to there, I'm passing this along because they're open to all submissions--they will give writers from the Pacific northwest preference. 2000-7000 words. Pays 2.5 cents/word. Deadline June 1.
Paper Road Press is looking for novella submissions between 10,000 and 20,000 words. Pay is not specified. Deadline June 1.
Splickety Love is looking for romance flash fiction. Theme is Smitten Summer. Up to 1000 words. Pays $.02/word. Deadline June 5.
The new theme for the M.O. Short Story Contest has been announced: Wishful Thinking. It must be a crime story of between 1000 and 1500 words. Winner gets published online and in the newsletter, and gets $.05/word. Those who get short-listed will also be published in the newsletter, but not for pay. Deadline May 29.
Winter Tangerine Review is holding a contest. Winners will be published, receive cookies, and paid $250. Deadline June 1.
Write to Done is holding the Freeditorial Long-Short Story Contest. 10,000-40,000 words. Once submitted, your story is put online for free. Winning is based on quality of the work and number of downloads. First prize is $15,000. Deadline June 4.
What are your insecurities? What are your favorite signs of spring? Are you submitting? How many rejections did you get this month? Any of these publications or contests of interest to you? Anything to share?
May you find your Muse.