One of my goals for this year is to get publication credits that qualify for an SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America–http://www.sfwa.org/) card. I had this as a goal last year and got an almost–a publication in an SFWA accredited market (“Three-Quarters Martian” in EscapePod) but since it was a reprint the pay rate was sub pro and hence I didn’t qualify. So close but no cigar.
The complete list of SFWA qualified markets can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/#shortfiction and features the best of the spec fiction world, including Asimov’s, Analog, Tor, Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
So for my part, this year I’m gonna try harder. A lot harder. Which basically means write really good stories, because these markets are ____ing selective; research the markets; optimize my submissions to their tastes; and most importantly, at least after writing good stories, keep on submittin’.
Existing unsold short stories that I am targeting at these pro markets include:
- Riding the Bow Wave
- Martian Rules
- Queen Meabh
- Preschool Wargames
- How a Valkyrie Flies
I also will, needless to say, need to write a slew of fresh, quality stories too.
If there are any SFWA members / wannabees out there, I’d love to hear how this worked out for you / how you’re attacking this.
Happy New Year!