Monday, July 6, 2009


So I see on Duotrope that The Drabbler is open to submissions again. I also see that according to Duotrope, this market only notifies those whose work is accepted. So no rejection notices. Sauntering on over to the Drabbler website, I see that they don't accept multiple submissions. As part of their FAQ's they have the following:

How many stories may I enter?

As many as you can write. However, no multiple submissions. Please submit one story at a time.

I then see that at the current time, they are open to subs until August 31. I also read that winners will be announced on October 1st. So a great big WTF?!! If you can only sub one story at a time, BUT they don't send out rejections, you will have to wait until October 1st to know if you've been accepted. By that time, the submission period will have been over for a month and it is too late to send a second why in hell do they encourage writers to send as many stories as they can write? Does that make any sense?

The sore throat was better today. Thanks to all for their remedy suggestions. I found the easiest way to get to sleep last night was the old classic: several shots of scotch.

My Vermin story, Ground Zero got polished and sent out tonight. Here's hoping. I also managed a few hundred more words on Church of the Deviate Minds. My big news of the day was an acceptance from The Monsters Next Door for my story, The Horror of Pine Hollow. It will appear in issue eight. TMND is also changing format, with issue eight being the first as a free PDF. There will also be the option to purchase a printed version. I think I'll have to buy a couple print copies to show off to friends and...well, friends.


Merc said...

Yeah, I've seen that before on their site and it makes NO sense whatsoever.

*shakes her head*

Good luck with the vermin story!

BT said...

Gotta love market guidelines.

Good luck with the vermin antho and congrats on TMND - nice market score for the bio.

Josh Reynolds said...

Have a third 'good luck' from me. I don't even know what to make of Drabbler. There are less confusing places to submit, methinks.

Jamie Eyberg said...

You have to love it when the rules and guidelines contradict themselves.

Good luck with your Vermin sub. *fingers crossed for both of us* and Congrats on the TMND acceptance. I like that mag more and more.

K.C. Shaw said...

Congrats on the sale, and good luck with the Vermin story!

Markets that don't send rejects get added to my ignore list on Duotrope.

Catherine J Gardner said...

Eek! I made the mistake of querying a submission to The Drabbler ages and ages and forever ago.

abrokenlaptop said...

Congrats on your sale! That's awesome. And I have to tell you that the title "Church of the Deviate Minds" captured my attention instantly. I suck at titles. Yours rocked.

Jeremy Kelly said...

I tend to make it a point to always read the guidelines, but never follow the rules.

Which tends to help me out about as much as the Drabbler guidelines.


Natalie L. Sin said...

Congrats on the acceptance! : )