This is what makes it all worthwhile.

I would write whether people wanted to read my stuff or not, let’s get that clear from the outset. I’m a writer. I have stories to tell. I love it when other people read my stories and enjoy them, especially when they tell me what moved them and why. I was ecstatic when I heard that two customers at Infinitas Books in Parramatta had pre-ordered MageSign after reading RealmShift, before I’d even finished writing it. Things like that make a writer glow inside. But, I would still write without all those things; it’s just something I’m driven to do.

However, there is always that dichotomy – I would write anyway, but I love to get published. Rejections always burn. Any writer gets used to rejections very quickly, or they stop submitting (no writer would stop writing!) But however used to rejections you get, they always burn. So that just makes the acceptances so much sweeter.

You may remember I posted at the beginning of this month about the short story submissions I had out there at the moment. A couple of the things I mentioned were:

A whimsical sci-fi vignette is under consideration at a UK based online magazine…

… I have another flash fiction piece being considered at Antipodean SF.

I’m very happy to say that they’ve both been accepted for publication. I made a mistake in my previous post saying that only the Antipodean SF one was not a paying market. As it happens, the other publication that accepted is not a paying market either. So out of eight submissions currently out there, two have been accepted. It would be nice if they were two of the paying ones rather than the only two non-paying markets, but publication is publication.

Antipodean SF is a flash fiction online magazine that is very well respected and quite a hard nut to crack. I’m very pleased to have a second piece accepted by them. The story is called The Book and will appear in issue 136 of Antipodean SF, in October this year.

The other piece is a story called Crossfire and that has been accepted by The Oddville Press, a PDF spec fic magazine. Crossfire will appear in volume 1, issue 4 of The Oddville Press, due out mid June this year.

I’ll make sure to post here and let you know when those publications are out and you can have a read.

So out of eight submissions, two have been accepted for publication, two more are shortlisted, one is longlisted and the others I’m yet to hear back on. Not a bad result all round so far. Fingers crossed that those on the shortlists will get accepted, especially as they’re the paying ones (and they’re for magazines that I really want to appear in!)

So keep at it – it’s not all rejections. You can see Antipodean SF here and The Oddville Press here – both well worth a look and both free to read.

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