Rejection #15, first of the new year!

JJA found himself ungrabbed by the mechanical ducks. They’re slated to go to Strange Horizons next, but I’m toying with the idea of sending them to Cricket, since they might work well as a children’s story. That would mean trimming the story down substantially, but I think I could make it work. Problem is, I don’t want to deal with the story while I’m doing JaNo, and I don’t like the idea of having it sit around for the next 3 weeks when it could be out somewhere.


  1. Don’t trim it then. Send it, and if SH rejects it, then send it to Cricket. It’s a good one, someone will want it.

  2. If you think it’s suitable for YA readers, you could also send it to Cicada – they accept long stories (up to novella-length), and their pay rate can be quite good (it’s something like up to 25 cents a word).

  3. So why not send to Strange Horizons and get to Cricket afterward? Cricket can take 9 months or so, I think.

  4. Yep, this is the one that went through writing group. As it stands now, I don’t think it’s a children’s story, but I think it *could* become one with a bit of editing.

    Thanks for suggesting Talebones, I’ve never submitted there before but I’ll have to have a look at it!

    • You’ve got a bunch more markets you can try before resorting to the children’s lit route. My mother submitted some poetry to Cricket (selling a couple), and they do take bloody forever. And it’s outrageously competitive–worse than SF.

      So I’d suggest you keep sending poor little ducky out and write something new.

      –David S.

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