I received a story back from Futurismic – a 19 day bounce. I sent it out last night to Neometropolis. When I got in this morning, I found in my submission notes file that Neometropolis does not answer queries, and the last story I sent them I withdrew at 75 days after I received no answer on two queries. There is also talk at the rumor mill that they ask you for your story for free even though they claim to be a paying market. In short, I should have never sent it in.
I hate to have to tie up this story for another two months, but the damage is done and I should just wait them out and give them the benefit of the doubt. I checked the website and they seem to be an on-going zine.
Justin Stanchfield just sold them a story (partially the reason I sent my story there.) Justin and I have overlapping markets. The stories that I read of his are probably a little better than my own, and he is a bit more prolific, but in style, theme and subject our stories are similar. I watch RM and see where he is selling and I figure I might be able to interest the editor in a similar, if not as good, story.
There is no history on Neometropolis in the Black Hole reporter, which should have been a clue not to submit.