Write 1 Sub 1 March recap, April plans

I’m a March Martian. I well exceeded writing and subbing 4 things in March. I declared March Madness on submissions at the beginning of the month, and submitted 37 pieces of writing this month. I will most likely not be duplicating that in April. I do expect double digits, though, unless I don’t get rejected much and have few resubs to make. So yeah, double digits.


Often, the thing I started writing didn’t get finished, or I ended up writing something completely different than what I’d planned. And some things this month were micro-stories aimed at a specific call. I racked up 21 rejections in March, had two acceptances and had one “we’re going to hang onto this until end of submission period” maybe.


  1. The Man in the Pipes (1,000 words) — genre (weird tale)
  2. They Named the Dog Irony (micro ad)– genre (gen/humor)
  3. The Neighbor’s Brown Grass (micro ad) — genre, (gen/humor)
  4. A True Love Note (micro ad) — genre, (gen/humor)
  5. Never Say This in August (micro ad) — genre (gen/humor)
  6. Uncle Joe’s Activitism (150 words) — genre (gen/humor)
  7. Lucky (2,500- words) — genre (horror)
  8. A History of Conflict (425 words) – genre (literary)
  9. Started and still writing The Way Things Burn and The Door
  10. Revised a few older flashes and poems and sent them out, too.


I had a lot of resubs this month, which I won’t list.

Submitted (for the first time):

  1. Smoke and Drum — Bete Noire
  2. Rumpelstiltskin’s Lament — Hogglepot
  3. The 4 micro ad stories — matchbook
  4. Uncle Joe’s Activism — Dinosaur Bees
  5. A History of Conflict — Camroc Press Review
  6. Foreplay — Leodegraunce
  7. She Wanted a Romance on Classics Night — Johnny America
  8. erotic flash under pseudonym


Rejections in March:

There were 21, so I’m not listing them all. A LOT. Also note that the acceptances often list places not listed in submissions. That’s because the original market rejected the things and I sent them elsewhere. Sometimes, several elsewheres.

I did get one rejection that was interesting. It said that after careful consideration, they decided to pass because they felt the story, which was based on something most people are famliar with, added nothing new to the thing everyone was already familiar with. But they liked the concept of my story, and would be happy to take a look if I wanted to revise and resubmit. I’m still scratching my head over that one, though it was very nice. 🙂

Acceptances in March:

  1. A History of Conflict accepted by The Eye of the Needle (part of The Camel Saloon), will appear April 10
  2. They Named the Dog Irony accepted by Cuento, will appear May 12



  1. Mod went up at Brain Harvest.


I met my goal of going wild with submissions in March. I also got some older stuff out the door, the last three in the submissions list, for instance, as well as some poems I haven’t listed, both previously published and never submitted.

For April:

My word count dropped dramatically this month, but the subs went up. I think it has to be one or the other. My aim will be more words this month. And the focus will really be polishing the novel, as well as new words on longer works, so we’ll see what happens. I’m toying with going to Light Ray or Light Ray x 2 (1 story, 1 sub or 2, 2 per month) so I can focus elsewhere, but I’m stubborn and don’t really like that idea. I may have to plan just flash fiction for a little while.

I feel surprisingly discouraged, have for a couple of weeks, in general. Part of it is that I don’t do well around time changes. I’m very much a creature of routine. It’s also a stressful time personally, and that affects everything.

I’ve technically written something new and submitted it this week (2 micro things) so I can rest on my laurels until week 14, and I may do that. I don’t want to burn out 1/4 of the way through the year. I do think the rapid-fire rejections will slow because I won’t be making almost 40 submissions this month, and I’ll be sending longer stories to markets that take a while to reply.

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  1. April 2nd, 2011 | Milo James Fowler says:

    Understatement of the year: You had a busy month. Keep up the good work!

    I don’t want to burn out early, either — but I’ll be without Internet access during week 15 and might need to double-up next week.

    Anyhow, BIG congrats on your current body of work. Feels good, doesn’t it?

  2. April 3rd, 2011 | Samuel Mae says:

    Good stuff, Shelley. And also well done for recognizing your limits. Definitely don’t want to burn yourself out, so perhaps taking it easy for a few days is a good idea. Write well 🙂

  3. April 3rd, 2011 | Rebecca Snow says:

    Ok….all I can say is WOW!!! I just started making submissions at the end of last year. The amount you submitted last month astounds me. I am amazed. Thank you for your inspiration. 🙂

  4. April 4th, 2011 | Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling discouraged, Shelley. You really are doing awesome – I am so impressed. 🙂

  5. April 8th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, guys! I’m trying to focus on the positive.

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