I have a submission dilemma. Electric Ethenaeum has a call for submissions with a deadline of February 15. The anthology’s theme is For Future Generations and is about generation starships establishing new colonies. I have a story that’s perfect. It falls squarely within the theme and within the required length. And it’s a story dear to me because it’s the first one I ever began. (It ended up being the second I ever finished.)
My dilemma is Electric Ethenaeum does not pay a professional rate, which the SFWA defines as $.06/word. If selected, I’d get 50GBP. Factoring in currency exchange rates and my story’s word count, this would be the equivalent of $.01/word. This makes Electric Ethenaeum a semi-professional market.
My original plan was to submit my story to Analog Science Fiction and Fact. (I am in the final throws of editing the story.) It falls more in the hard science fiction sub-genre, which Analog specializes in. If rejected there, I have plenty of other professional market options. But what if I don’t submit my story to Electric Ethenaeum, and it’s rejected by all the professional markets? Did I squander a legitimate chance to be published, even by a semi-professional market? Should I submit my story to Electric Ethenaeum and assume they will reject it, so I then could submit it elsewhere? If I assume Electric Ethenaeum will reject my story, what does that say about its prospects with the professional markets? If my goal is to have three stories published by SFWA-qualifying markets, should I even contemplate submitting to a semi-professional market?
Update: I submitted my story to Analog. Fingers crossed!