1000 and counting

As well as seeing a story published by Nature, yesterday also delivered my 1000th rejection for a short story submission. I started this game in February 1997, but I didn’t receive my first acceptance until five years later, almost to the day. That was from a fondly remembered British magazine called Scheherazade. Since then I’ve received another 150 acceptances, mostly for reprints. To date, 45 of my stories have seen publication, with another one pending. My first rejection (personal!) came from Interzone, my 1000th from Cossmass Infinities (form).