Acceptance notes – no.17 in a series

Yay! An acceptance note. For my story, The God Star, from the excellent On the Premises magazine, who have published another story by me, Neighbour From Heaven.

Dear Edoardo:

Thank you for entering the 32nd “On The Premises” short story contest. We received 377 entries. Your entry earned an honorable mention, so we will soon pay you $60 in US funds.

That’s pretty good considering I didn’t even win!

Don’t Give Up


What’s the difference between an amateur writer and a professional writer?

The professional didn’t give up.

To emphasise the point here’s my publication history by decade:
1980s – one short story published
1990s – one short story published
2000s – two stories published (and a few articles in magazines)
2010s – about 40 short stories published, 11 books and I’ve lost count of the number of magazine features
So don’t give up and keep getting better.


Acceptance notes – no.16 in a series

Yay! An acceptance.

Now this is nice: one of my favourite short stories, The Wall at the End of the World, has been accepted for publication by New Myths magazine. Here’s the acceptance note:

Hi Edoardo,

I really enjoyed reading “The Wall at the End of the World,” — and I hope our readers will too!  We’d like to publish it in our June issue.
Pasted below is our contract and a short questionaire.  Please check over and fill both out and return them to us as soon as possible.
Within the next week or so, I’ll be getting back in touch with you regarding any editing suggestions I might ask you to consider.  I look forward to working with you on it.

Acceptance notes – no.15 in a series

What I think of this review.
Me, when I receive an acceptance note.

Dear Edoardo,

Thank you for sending us your excellent story, “Spellman Mathers’ Travelling Show & Zoo of Ordinary Creatures”. We love it and would like to publish it in an upcoming issue of See the Elephant Magazine. The pay rate is 6c/word with a maximum of $200 for print, electronic and audio rights. Please email me at […] to let me know if this is agreeable. If so, I will follow up with a contract. It might be a while before I get to that phase of the process, as I need to finish issue two, but I wanted you to know that your story is definitely in for either issue three or four.

Melanie Lamaga
Publisher/Ed. in Chief

Acceptance notes – no.14 in a series

Dear Edoardo,

Thanks for the opportunity to read your story.  I really enjoyed it and would love to include it in the next issue of Circa (Spring 2015).  However, I feel there is a problem with the title.  It is evidently the first in a series but since there is no series to follow immediately, would you consider giving the piece a title that could stand alone?  If you can rename it, please let me know soon and I will add your story to the next issue.


Acceptance notes – no.13 in a series


Of course, nothing prompts a renewal of the rejection notes series more than an acceptance note, and here’s a good one! I’m delighted to have found a home for Knock, Knock – it’s one of my favourite stories and the journal that will be publishing it is excellent.

Dear Edoardo,

Thanks for sending this story, I really enjoyed reading it. We have just finalised our selection for Issue Seven however, and don’t have any more room. Would you be willing for us to hold onto this for Issue Eight (December 2014)?

If you prefer to submit elsewhere for a while, that’s OK just let me know, and I can leave this piece sitting here for a few months.

Alternatively, if you’re definitely happy to have it in Issue Eight, let me know and I’ll accept it now.

Either way is cool.

Reader, he said yes.

Acceptance Notes – no.12 in a series



We would like to publish your story, “Ghosts of Mars”, in Daily Science Fiction.  We’ll email a contract to you shortly for your approval. A sample email, including any edits to your story that may be necessary, will come later.  The edits will be sent with enough time for your feedback, so we may resolve any issues and present the best possible story to our audience.

– Jonathan & Michele, Daily Science Fiction

PS If for any reason, you no longer wish to publish this story with us (e.g, forgotten prior publication, actually authored by a Unicorn, etc.), now would be a very good time to let us know!

Acceptance Notes – no.10 in a series


Hi, Edoardo–


We’d be pleased to accept the story, “From Here to the Northern Line,” for inclusion in Third Flatiron Publishing’s spring 2014 anthology, with the working title,  “Astronomical Odds.”

Please let us know if the story is still available.

We found the story about an autistic boy who spots Tube stations to the stars to be very entertaining.

We’d want the exclusive e-rights for six months. If this sounds good, please let me know, and I’ll get back with a contract. The anthology is scheduled for e-publication on March 15, 2014.

Acceptance Notes – no.9 in a series

Dear Edoardo,

Thank you for submitting Disconnecting to […].  It’s an excellent story and we’ll be happy to publish it.
Terms:  […] will pay the equivalent of $30 USD in British Pounds via PayPal upon publication of Disconnecting (date to be determined).  You retain all rights.  We archive until you ask us to remove this piece from our site.  If you submit Disconnecting elsewhere you agree to cite[…] as its original publisher.
If these terms work for you, please confirm your PayPal email address and send me a one-sentence biography to appear with your work.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Welcome to […].